When Does Season 2 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Start?
The Umbrella Academy – Netflix’s new superhero series featuring a star-studded cast including Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, and Tom Hopper – kicked off to stellar reviews, and quickly developed a devout fan base.
With the pilot season – released February 18 – already becoming a distant memory, there’s one question overflowing comic forums and running rampant across social media outlets: when can we expect season two?
According to NME, Netflix has confirmed The Umbrella Academy for season two, and the show is set to go into production by the end of the year in Toronto. Peter Hoar, the man behind the pilot episode, will direct the season two premiere. Unfortunately, a premiere date has not yet been released; however, if filming is set to begin in late 2019, the show will likely premiere mid-2020.
What will season 2 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ be about?
Given season one’s finale, viewers who have yet to read the Dark Horse Comics behind the show, are left to wonder where season two will pick up. Will a younger cast be introduced (in addition to the current one)? Will the show transition between two time periods, and illustrate how one continuously impacts the other? Will we get completely lost in a Butterfly Effect-type plot sequence?
Regarding the future of the series, Gerard Way (the man behind the original comics) stated that it’s already planned:
“What I did for Steve Blackman (the showrunner) and the writers in that first writers’ room was to create an 18-page document that laid everything out…Even of the graphic novels that haven’t come out yet. Which should equal eight when we’re all done. So I gave them the blueprint for what happens, because you do want to seed certain things in there for future series, and the hope is that it’s a success, so that you do a lot more of these.”According to NME
So, while speculation is always fun, your best bet at figuring out what’s to come involves hitting your local comic book store. The show may not mirror the comic book series progression verbatim; however, you’ll likely be able to parse together a few main plot trajectories or character explorations.
Since Way revealed that the show creators have access to information that has yet to be released via comic plot, Netflix may hone in on those stories to avoid too much synonymity with the comics; however, that is still unknown.
“Let’s do the time warp again!”
What is certain (or at least seems most probable): some of the show will have to take place in the past. At the end of the finale, we see all seven siblings enter a time warp into the past – before Vanya catalyzes the apocalypse. However, they are all first transformed into their younger selves (as was number five when he traveled back to the past).
With the entire cast aging backward, the introduction of an additional younger cast seems likely. Maybe the show, in a similar vein to X-Men: Days of Future Past, will show the characters interacting with themselves.
Wherever the new season goes, here’s to hoping that it lives up to its predecessor. From The White Violon’s internal turmoil and familial heartbreak to Luther’s daddy issues and Number Five’s superiority complex, the show took a unique approach to the superhero genre, and it soared. Season one was a little gothic, a little comedic, a little somber, and a lot refreshing. The expectations for season two are high.