The third season of the hit Netflix series The Umbrella Academy has begun to take shape, with showrunner Steve Blackman taking to social media to reveal the title of the first episode: "Meet the Family". Fans had to wait an agonizingly long time to find out whether the show had been renewed for a third season or whether it had been added to the ever-growing roster of cancelled shows for the streaming service. Those same fans were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief earlier this month when it was finally announced that the dysfunctional superhero family will return.
"Who's excited for season 3?" Blackman asked, alongside an image of what appears to be the title card for The Umbrella Academy season 3 premiere. Co-written by Blackman and Michelle Lovretta, who's known for her work on TV shows Killjoys and Lost Girl, the episode will be titled "Meet the Family" and suggests that the series will be throwing us right back into the fray and introducing us to the mysterious members of The Sparrow Academy that were introduced at the very end of season 2.
The final moments of the second season found the Hargreeves family in a third timeline and facing the shadowy figures of The Sparrow Academy. According to Blackman, this new timeline will force the family to finally try getting their act together for the betterment of the world. "They're terrible for the world because they're so dysfunctional as a family," Blackman said. "These guys can't get it right, both in their relationships with each other and as superheroes. But I think they're getting a little bit better, and hopefully if we're lucky enough to get a Season 3, they will improve slightly."
The shocking finale also found the team coming face-to-face with what appears to be an alternate version of their brother Ben, now alive and well, with Blackman's having previously discussed his intentions for the third season to reinvent the character. "Wonderfully for Justin, he's flesh and blood, so he can interact with characters other than Klaus," Blackman said. "The fun of that relationship is that Ben is the most insightful, the most beloved sibling, but he has the worst translator of all time in Klaus, who is just a terrible narrator. But this Ben is flesh and blood and he exists. So that will be some new ground for Justin to dig into next season, and I think he's very excited."
Based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's Dark Horse comic book series of the same name, both seasons of The Umbrella Academy have been met with largely rave reviews and high viewing numbers for the streaming giant. 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, before being forced to unite once again to stop the imminent apocalypse. The ensemble cast features Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Colm Feore, and Justin H. Min.
Both seasons of The Umbrella Academy are now available on Netflix, with season 3 beginning production in February 2021. This comes to us courtesy of Steve Blackman's official Instagram account.