Audiences have now had a few days to binge and reflect on The Umbrella Academy season 2, and, much like with the first season, there are now a variety of frustrating questions left up in the air. While a third season of the show has not yet been confirmed in any official capacity, The Umbrella Academy showrunner, Steve Blackman, has already been pondering what he would like to do thematically should the show return.
"Trying to understand their origin is one of the themes we are going to address next year. The first season was meet the family. Season 2 was get to know the family. Season 3 is, who are we and where did we come from? What are we as superheroes? [That] is really a story I'd love to think about more in season 3."
Blackman sounds very confident that he will get the opportunity to continue this bizarre superhero story, and with The Umbrella Academy proving to be hugely popular for Netflix, who can blame hime?
Other than just the general direction that a third season would go in, Blackman has also been thinking about specific plot points, particularly those left hanging by the second season's surprising ending. Be warned, some spoilers to follow.
The cliff-hanger ending finds our superpowered family traveling into an alternate present, and introduces The Sparrow Academy, which also consists of powerful characters. The final scenes also gives us a glimpse of a mysterious cube, regarding which Blackman had this to say, "A lot of people may not see that cube at first. I think [the cube's purpose] will be revealed in season 3, if we're lucky enough to be picked up."
Along with the addition of this peculiar cube and the arrival of The Sparrow Academy, the ending reveals that in this timeline The Umbrella Academy's cruel father-figure, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, is now alive and well. Now that Hargreeves is back, another of Blackman's plans is to give the superhero siblings a chance to work through their Daddy issues.
"If you look carefully, he's our Hargreeves, but he looks a little different. It would be a good guess if we get another season that they have a chance to try to work out their issues. They did try in season 2 to some extent, but obviously that Hargreeves knew nothing about them. And you know, this Hargreeves is an older man, but they have a chance to sort of talk to him again, and hopefully they do better than they did in season 2."
The second series of The Umbrella Academy 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."
Aside from Blackman, several of the show's stars have expressed interest in returning for a third season, with Robert Sheehan recently saying, "I'd love to do one. I'm always hatching pipe dreams and sending emails to Steve, and that's the fun of it."
This was echoed by his co-star, Tom Hopper, who plays team-leader Luther in The Umbrella Academy, who was quick to praise the creative minds behind the show, saying that his aspirations to return go beyond season 3. "Yeah, we love hanging around in this world, it's a lot of fun and we all love working together," Hopper said. "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."
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 singer Gerard Way. The Umbrella Academy source material was illustrated by Gabriel Bá and published by Dark Horse Comics. The series has been produced by Universal Content Productions for Netflix, with Steve Blackman serving as executive producer and showrunner. Beginning in 1989, The Umbrella Academy details a highly unusual occurrence wherein 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.
The ensemble cast features Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige. The Umbrella Academy season 2 is available to stream on Netflix now. This comes to us from TV Guide.