The official release date for the second season of The Umbrella Academy has now been revealed by Netflix, with the continuing adventures of the rag-tag superpowered family coming to the streaming service on July 31, 2020. The announcement has been revealed via a video of the main cast displaying their dancing prowess in a call-back to a popular scene from the first season of the show.

The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series of the same name which was created and written by lead vocalist of the rock band My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way. The Umbrella Academy source material was illustrated by Gabriel Bá and published by Dark Horse Comics. The series is produced by Universal Content Productions for Netflix, with Steve Blackman serving as executive producer and showrunner. Thankfully for fans, the release of the show's second season has not been impacted by the ongoing global situation.

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The Umbrella Academy beings in 1989, where, all on the same day, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. But not everything goes according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractures, and the team disbands.

Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeve's passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya, and Number Five must work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father's death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse. The ensemble cast features Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige.

The first season was met very positively bu critics, with many praising the performances and visuals as well as the largely unique take on the superhero mythos.

The Umbrella Academy's composer, Jeff Russo, has already been teasing some big changes in the much-anticipated second season, saying "Well, there's definitely a big change in setting, that's for sure. And we tried not to change too much the approach of how to tell the story musically. I mean, we used a lot of really great songs in season one. We're going to be using a lot of great songs in season two. We use score in a very meaningful way to support the emotional arcs of all of our characters in season one.

We'll be doing that again in season two on Netflix. There are some new characters that we're going to be having some fun with from a score perspective and that's always fun, coming up with new thematic ideas for new characters and how to underscore them. So there's a lot of new and then there's a lot of the same. It's a lot of both, but it's definitely a thrill ride this year."

The Umbrella Academy Season One is streaming now on Netflix, with the second season due to arrive later this year on July 31. This comes to us from Netflix streaming app.

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