Despite a third season of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy not officially being given the greenlight just yet, showrunner Steve Blackman has been teasing at what's to come following the recently released season 2. in a recent interview, Blackman has hinted at what fans can expect from the ongoing journey of the Hargreeves siblings, including more time-travel shenanigans. Be warned, spoilers to follow.
The final moments of the second season find our super-powered family in a third timeline and facing the shadowy figures of the mysterious 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."
Blackman then hinted at a new discovery that the team could well make regarding their powers. "They're all sort of growing up. Like to think as we go forward that their powers are also evolving," Blackman added. "They're learning new things. They were trained until they were 14 or 15 by a very dysfunctional dad but then the family blew apart before they could finish their training. ... They might even discover in the future that their powers are stronger when they're together."
The finale also finds the team come face-to-face with a seemingly alive version of Ben, with Blackman's intentions for the third season to reinvent the character in this alternate timeline. "Wonderfully for Justin, he's flesh and blood, so he can interact with characters other than Klaus," Blackman concluded. "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."
With the second season of The Umbrella Academy receiving largely rave reviews and high viewing numbers, it is surely only a matter of time before Blackman gets the go ahead and can start work on what is sure to be a thrilling third season.
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.