Is ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Canceled or Will There Be a Season 2?

With Netflix shelving a lot of their Marvel shows lately (due to emerging Disney+ competition), superhero fans might find it frustrating finding something to replace Daredevil or The Punisher. A similar show you might have overlooked is The Umbrella Academy Netflix debuted last year.

While not a Marvel product, many think it’s just as good or better, including similarities to X-Men. The show involves seven people who have hidden superpowers. All were adopted by a billionaire (Sir Reginald Hargreeves) years earlier, but he ends up dying mysteriously.

These misfit and dysfunctional superheroes team back up to solve the mystery of their adopted father’s death while attempting to prevent an apocalypse. It’s worth a binge watch, though we’re still wondering if a second season will ever release.

What was the critical analysis of the show’s first season?

If you look at the show’s Rotten Tomatoes score, you’ll see it received a fairly high passing score at 76%. Many people have appreciated the compelling cast and the intense chemistry.

Anchoring the cast is Ellen Page who plays Vanya (or Number Seven). It’s initially thought she has no superpowers, though she actually does. They were repressed by her father, creating an intriguing character filled with dysfunction.

The rest of the cast are like real blood siblings who squabble and have differing lifestyles and powers. It makes for a far more human superhero show compared to what’s ever been done.

Tom Hopper, David CastaƱeda, and Emmy Raver-Lampman are just some of the other cast members playing the seven superheroes. Each one is given their own time to stand out. Plus, Klaus Hargreeves (played by Robert Sheehan) was recently voted the #1 favorite character.

‘The Umbrella Academy’ was originally going to be a movie

Going to streaming is often a better choice for a lot of projects originally intended as movies. Since TUA was planned as a theatrical movie, we have to wonder if it would have been a major box-office disappointment.

The Hargreeves deserved more time to flesh out their unique personalities rather than rush through a story in two hours. Despite the first season only having ten episodes, each one gives enough substance to feel like you’re watching cinematic production values.

In the final episode of the first season, the Hargreeves fail to stop the apocalypse they’d intended to thwart. Each character subsequently time-travel to the past and change back into their younger counterparts. As a left-turn cliffhanger, even some of the cast members were perplexed at what exactly happened.

Will there be a Season 2, or should it stand alone as a one-season wonder?

You can’t really end a show like this and not find out what happens next. No matter if it’s an off-the-chain season finale with a near “jump the shark” feel, the show was too intriguing to finish there.

Then again, what better way to keep everyone talking about the show than an ending where the characters all turn back into teenagers? The thought of it becoming a classic one-season wonder would connect it to many similar shows throughout the history of network television.

Fortunately, it’s confirmed there will be a season two, except fans may have to wait for another year before it’s released.

Thanks to Netflix allowing you to stream past seasons 24/7, shows like TUA can probably go on hiatus for a couple of years without anyone forgetting.

Netflix could certainly cancel it at a moment’s notice after Season Two

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 12: Cast and Crew of “The Umbrella Academy” | Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix

One thing you’ve likely noticed lately is how trigger-happy Netflix is becoming in canceling many of their shows. In our view, this just turned them into a standard television network where shows go on the chopping block before given a chance to gain a following.

With all the Marvel shows now being canceled, we probably shouldn’t automatically assume a Season Three for The Umbrella Academy. We’ll have to see if the show keeps delivering since Netflix is starting to pay closer attention to the streaming “ratings”, or if a show is a conflict of interest.