Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy season 1 is out now, but what can fans expect from a potential season 2 of this comic book superhero TV show? Netflix may be cancelling all of their Marvel comics series, but the streaming service recently released their non-Marvel superhero TV show, The Umbrella Academy. The series is based on the comics of the same name by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, that were published by Dark Horse Comics starting in 2007. The series followed a group of super-powered individuals who were raised as a dysfunctional family of sorts and trained to save the world.
In The Umbrella Academy season 1, the Netflix show introduces viewers to the seven members of the Academy, who were all born on the same day, at the same time, and each have special powers. They’re taken in by a man named Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), who gives each child a number rather than a name: Number One/Luther (Tom Hopper), Number Two/Diego (David Castañeda), Number Three/Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Number Four/Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Number Five (Aidan Gallagher), Number Six/Ben (Justin H. Min) and Number Seven/Vanya (Ellen Page). When season 1 starts, the Academy is scattered, but must come together to save the world from an impending apocalypse.
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Here’s everything fans of The Umbrella Academy need to know about a potential season 2 of this Netflix superhero TV show.
Netflix Has Renewed Umbrella Academy For Season 2
As is typical for Netflix shows, the streaming service waited until a month after The Umbrella Academy season 1 premiered before announcing that it had been officially renewed for season 2. This news didn’t come as much of a surprise, given the instant popularity of the series. Within a couple of weeks of its debut, Netflix was already scouting locations for The Umbrella Academy season 2.
When Will Umbrella Academy Season 2 Release?
The Umbrella Academy season 2 will begin filming in and around Toronto, Canada, in summer 2019, so season 2 likely won’t release until summer 2020 at the absolute soonest. Because this is a superhero TV show with special effects, it takes a little longer to produce and bring the series to life than lower budgeted projects. In terms of season 1, the show was officially announced in July 2017, started filming in January 2018 and premiered in February 2019, so we can expect a turnaround time of about a year for The Umbrella Academy season 2 as well.
What Will The Umbrella Academy’s Season 2 Story Be About?
MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for The Umbrella Academy season 1 finale
The ending of The Umbrella Academy season 1 features a cliffhanger in which all seven of the Hargreeves kids travel back in time using Five’s powers. Just before they jump, though, all seven are depicted as their younger selves (with the exception of Five, who’s still his young self). Most likely, this indicates that wherever in time they jumped to, they’ll be kids again – but with the knowledge of their adult selves. Further, since all seven are reverting back to their childhood selves, it’s possible Ben will return, having never died.
The story of season 2 will likely follow the Umbrella Academy members as they attempt to save their sister Vanya from succumbing to the destructive nature of her powers and, in the process, save the world. The team will also likely still have to contend with the time organization Five worked for, as they’ll be aiming to continue protecting the timeline and ensure the apocalypse happens.
Beyond those two story points, much of what season 2 will entail depends on where in the timeline the team jumped to. Did they jump back to their lives in the academy? The future? Earlier in time? Without that information, we can only speculate. But the mission remains the same for the Umbrella Academy team: Save the world. To do so, they’ll have to be a team again, and include their sister Vanya, which should lead to more unique adventures and more dysfunctional superhero family drama in The Umbrella Academy season 2.
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The Umbrella Academy season 1 is available in its entirety on Netflix.