The Netflix original The Umbrella Academy is a refreshing take on the superhero genre — absent of hypermasculinity, gender norms, and undying altruism. Rather, there’s a bunch of dysfunctional siblings attempting to prevent an imminent apocalypse — while tinkering and toying with the space-time continuum. They’ve got daddy issues galore and trust issues aplenty, making their superpowers an extension of their daily rituals and life obstacles, rather than defining characteristics. They are not heroes, but rather individuals forced into heroism.
[spoiler warning for seasons 1 and 2 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’]
The first two seasons of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ followed the same formula
The first two seasons of The Umbrella Academy may have had some major differences — especially in the family dynamic realm. Since the siblings grew closer in the previous season, the follow-up was able to explore their interpersonal relationships a bit more heavily. Yet, in the narrative department, the two were rather synonymous.
In both installments, an apocalypse is imminent, Vanya is at the center of the destruction, and the siblings must find a way to save Vanya, save the world, and leave the course of human history largely intact. Doesn’t sound like too much for a couple of Hargreeves kids.
The first two seasons focused on preventing doomsday. Yet, the season two finale and available information concerning the comic book trajectory (of which the show is based on) implies that season 3 may explore some untraversed territory.
What’s going to happen in season 3 of ‘The Umbrella Academy?’
Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy ends with the Hargreeves back in 2019, but their father is alive once more, and he has assembled a new team of elite heroes — The Sparrow Academy. Ben is one of the primary members. It’s likely that upon meeting his original choices back in the ‘60s, Reginald chose to go in a different direction with his academy of kids.
As Screen Rant notes, season 3 of The Umbrella Academy (once confirmed) will see the Hargreeves children dealing with an altered past — different than their memory, and lacking their childhood home. Rather than confronting an apocalypse, the team will confront a new academy, with a leader they know and love (Ben) who has no clue who they are. Will the two teams mash-up to defeat the baddies together, or will the old and new Hargreeves children clash when it comes to how one should save the world? Will it be a battle of heroes?
A fight to reinstate the timeline they know could come to fruition, or the Hargreeves could be forced to live on from the 2019 in which their prior years alive is only familiar to them. However, the team seems unlikely to face off against an apocalypse this time around. Rather, the conflict seams bound to come from an external source, as opposed to Vanya once more.