The second season of Netflix's offbeat superhero show The Umbrella Academy has been met with rave reviews from critics, with many finding the follow-up to be an improvement on the show's already well-regarded first season. Well, there is good news on that front, as several stars of the show are very keen to return for a third season as soon as possible.
Black Sails star, Tom Hopper, who plays team-leader Luther in The Umbrella Academy, was quick to praise the creative minds behind the show, saying that his aspirations to return don't stop at season 3.
" Yeah, we love hanging around in this world, it's a lot of fun and we all love working together. It's quite a gift to have the kind of show we have, we have a showrunner who's very collaborative, it's very freeing as an actor so yes, absolutely. It's great to have that source material to influence where we could go. As you've seen from the first two seasons, there are influences from the comic absolutely, but it also allows us to deviate from that structure. I love seeing where Steve Blackman's mind can go past the comics, how broad he can take it, and what he can put these characters through. He can put all our characters through hell and back in a unique way. I'd love to go back and do a bunch more of these."
This feeling was echoed by Hopper's co-star, Robert Sheehan, who plays the eccentric Umbrella Academy sibling, Klaus.
"I'd love to do one. I'm always hatching pipe dreams and sending emails to Steve, and that's the fun of it."
Sheehan continued, highlighting what he thinks enables The Umbrella Academy to stand out from other comic book-based shows. "The graphic novels are pure comic escapism. There's oodles of time travel and their powers, and it's very unearthly, whereas I think Steve's institution is to always bring it back and make the journeys more human."
The second series picks up with the dysfunctional super-powered family immediately after the end of the first series, with our mixed-up heroes having been thrown through time in order to prevent the apocalypse.
The official synopsis for the second season reads: "Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya's 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right - the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three-year period. Starting in 1960.
Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they're the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which - spoiler alert! - turns out is a result of the group's disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?). Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything."