The Umbrella Academy helped bring a new kind of superhero story to Netflix, and now the streaming service has greenlit The Umbrella Academy Season 2. No big surprise there!
Not only did The Umbrella Academy generate plenty of online chatter for Netflix, but it’s pretty clear that showrunner Steve Blackman anticipated The Umbrella Academy season 2 all along. The show’s first season ends on about as cliffhanger-y a cliffhanger as possible with the central Umbrella Academy kids heading off into the past to parts and times unknown.
Now that season 2 is a go, here’s everything you need to know about the show:
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Release Date
The Umbrella Academy season 2 finally has a release date! And Netflix and the Hargreeves kids made the announcement in the only appropriate way: via the magic of dance.
It’s hard to tell what our favorite part of that video is. Could be David Castañeda uses a Starbucks drink stopper think as a dagger or Ellen Page apparently using a c. 2010 flip phone as a camera. Anyway, The Umbrella Academy season 2 arrives on July 31, 2020.
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Cast
Netflix has announced a trio of newcomers for The Umbrella Academy Season 2, all of whom are set as series regulars (pictured immediately below left-to-right).
Ritu Arya (Humans, Doctors) will play Lila, “a chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. Unpredictable, mischievous and sarcastic, Lila’s gifted with a twisted sense of humor.”
Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals, Good Omens) will play Raymond, “a born leader with the smarts, gravitas, and the confidence to never have to prove it to anyone. He is warm, dedicated and has the innate ability to disarm you with a look. A devoted husband, he’s the kind of guy everyone wants to know.”
Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete, The Miseducation of Cameron Post) will play Sissy, “a fearless, no-nonsense Texas mom who married young for all the wrong reasons. Still in her prime, she’s eager to rediscover what life and love has to offer.”
None of these characters have obvious analogues in the second volume of The Umbrella Academy comic book series so it will be interesting to see how they shake out.
The whole Hargreeves crew will be back, naturally. This includes Number One Luther (Tom Hopper), Number Two Diego (David Castañeda), Number Three Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Number Four Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Number Five (Aiden Gallagher), the dearly departed Number Six Ben (Justin Min), and Number Seven Vanya (Ellen Page).
Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), Pogo, and Cha-Cha (Mary J. Blige) are dead but anything can happen when time travel is involved. Hazel (Cameron Britton) and Agnes (Sheila McCarthy) are out there in time somewhere.
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Character Posters
One of the biggest questions going into The Umbrella Academy season 2 is “when” exactly is the Umbrella Academy? Well this latest batch of season 2 character posters may provide some clues. I’m no sartorial genius, but a lot of this garb screams late ’60s/early ’70s.
It may also be worth noting that Netflix uploaded those photos in a very specific order on both Twitter and Instagram. The order is as follows: 6-4-3-1-2-7-5.
What’s the significance there? Beats us. But if Harry Potter has taught us nothing else, it’s that 6-2-4-4-2 spells “Magic” on a phone keypad. Best we can glean from that Umbrella Academy character poster code is “Mid-ask.” So uh…do with that what you will.
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Story Details
The Umbrella Academy showrunner Steve Blackman shared a bit of news from season 2’s production. That script sure does look like the script for season 2 episode 1. “Right Back Where We Started” is an excellent choice of title for a season that will presumably take The Umbrella Academy right back where they started.
The Umbrella Academy Season 1 adapted the majority of the comic’s first volume, “Apocalypse Suite,” with a little bit of the second volume, “Dallas” thrown in. The Umbrella Academy creator Gerard Way told us that he anticipates more of “Dallas” in The Umbrella Academy season 2.
“When all said and done there’s eight graphic novels planned total,” Way said. “We’re two series ahead of the show and I think right now there’s only been a couple things used from Dallas’ so I think if there’s a potential season two you would see some things potentially from ‘Dallas.'”
We delved further into exactly what from “Dallas” and volume 3 “Hotel Oblivion,” could be included in The Umbrella Academy season 2 here.
We’re not the only ones who want to know what happens next. The cast is dying to find out what’s next for the Hargreeves family, too:
“For me, it’s gonna be so interesting to explore Vanya,” Ellen Page said of her new White Violin persona. “It’s like Vanya 2.0 – less repressed and what does that mean in the good ways and bad kinda thing.”
Klaus Hargreeves actor Robert Sheehan said he appreciates the “transformative” nature of Klaus and that we can expect more of it in The Umbrella Academy season 2.
“He’s constantly emerging into this new self. He’s a butterfly that refuses to leave the cocoon, or he keeps going back into it. I’d love to see Klaus re-formed as something else, different completely. Hopefully, if the murmurings are to be believed, that’s kind of where we’re headed. I think he’s in a constant state of change and that would bring much excitement for me.”