Just when Netflix’s superhero prospects were looking darkest, The Umbrella Academy arrived, showing that the streaming giant doesn’t need Marvel’s help to make a great comic book series. But it’s been a few months now since we collectively binged through the first season of Umbrella Academy, and there’s still no official word on Season 2.
Netflix hasn’t officially renewed the series yet, though recent leaks suggest it’s only a formality at this point. While we wait for a Umbrella Academy Season 2 announcement from the company itself, here’s everything we know so far about the release date, plot, and everything else.
Spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Season 1 below.
What Happens at the End of The Umbrella Academy Season 1?
The central plot of Season 1 focuses on Number 5’s attempts to stop the apocalypse after traveling through time and discovering exactly when the world would end. However, he fails, and to everyone’s surprise, the cause of it is the sister they all thought was powerless: Vanya (Ellen Page). Their adopted father suppressed her abilities as a child, and even made Allison an accomplice to the act by using her power of suggestion.
In the final fight, Allison thinks she’s able to stop Vanya/White Violin and save the world without killing her sister. However, one of Vanya’s energy beams hits the moon, breaking it into pieces, which come hurtling down to Earth. Number 5 decides to travel through time once more, taking his siblings with him. The season ends with them disappearing just before a fiery blaze destroys the city.
Will There Be an Umbrella Academy Season 2?
Netflix has yet to renew the series, but it hasn’t said there won’t be another season, either. All we can do is wait to hear more, but after that ending, it would be cruel to cancel it.
In the meantime, ScreenRant reports that Season 2 is already confirmed with production set to begin in May 2019 and end this September. That’s quicker than it took Netflix to film Season 1, which makes sense since this time around the cast and crew already know the general vibe of the show and how the characters interact.
The ScreenRant leak may have originated from trade publication Production Weekly, which published a list of in-production projects including Umbrella Academy Season 2 with the working title “Mercury.” Inverse reached out to Netflix for confirmation, and we’ll update this post if we heard back.
Of course, this isn’t the first time alleged news of a renewal has leaked. A report in late February claimed Season 2 was confirmed, but it’s since been debunked by series star Aidan Gallagher (Number 5 on the show).
The actors appear to remain in the dark about the show’s future for the time being. Tom Hopper and Emmy Raver-Lampman appeared at MCM Comic-Con on March 24 and still didn’t have any idea if there will be a Season 2. “I wish,” Raver-Lampman said (via Digital Spy). “Call up Netflix.”
That being said, showrunner Steve Blackman is hoping for more than just a second season.
“I hope we get a second and third and fourth season, but I knew that having a great ending is important for Netflix as a streamer,” he told IndieWire. “You really want people to say, ‘I’ve got to come back and watch what happens.’”
He certainly accomplished that with Season 1.
When Is the Umbrella Academy Season 2 Release Date?
Though we don’t know if there will be a second season, we do know how long it takes to produce a season. “It takes us 18 months to do a season,” Blackman told the comic book series’ creator Gerard Way during an interview with IndieWire. Then again, it’s possible that Season 2 could happen a little faster after some kinks were worked out in the creation of Season 1.
Still, that probably means we shouldn’t expect to see Umbrella Academy Season 2, though if ScreenRant is correct than it’s possible that filming could wrap in September and the show could return by late 2019 or early 2020.
Way also explained that he wants to make sure the comics remain “ahead of the show.” “We’re on Series 3 [of the comics],” he said in the interview. “The idea with the comic is to go right from Series 3, take a 3-to-4 month break, then go right into Series 4.”
It’s also possible that, similar to Game of Thrones, the TV show could catch up to and even surpass its source material. In that case, the show could move beyond the original comics — assuming it doesn’t get canceled, of course.
When Will an Umbrella Academy Season 2 Trailer Be Released?
That depends on if the series is renewed. If it is, there will likely be a teaser or two prior to the official trailer. Netflix could use a teaser to announce that the series is coming back and another to reveal the Season 2 release date.
Netflix released a Season 1 teaser on December 8. The official trailer came out on January 24, two weeks before the episodes dropped.
When we know if there will be a Season 2, we’ll have a better idea of when to expect these video previews.
How Many Episodes Will There Be in The Umbrella Academy Season 2?
We don’t know, but it may be safe to assume there will be 10 episodes in a potential Season 2, just like Season 1.
What Will the Umbrella Academy Season 2 Plot Be?
The most important thing is seeing when and where Number 5 took his siblings.
“The truth is, we don’t know where they are. We don’t know what happened to them,” Blackman told The Hollywood Reporter. “The apocalypse is not solved. They did not save the world, which is a slight alteration of the comic.”
But don’t expect too much to change from the comics, if the series continues.
“The idea is not to deviate too much, we want to stay on course with what the comics are doing, and having that plan ahead of time allows us to set some things up now for later seasons,” the showrunner continued.
The time travel will obviously change some things for some of the characters. For example, Cameron Britton’s Hazel just wanted to forget about the apocalypse and his old job and live a normal life with Agnes.
“I doubt that if Hazel returns for Season 2, that would be the case,” Britton told IndieWire. “Some sort of conflict or tragedy would have to happen.”
Justin Min sees “something special about Ben being dead” and knows that doesn’t limit the potential stories for his character. “There’s still a lot to be explored, even with [his relationship with Klaus, who is the only one who can see him], and the reason why Ben sticks around, and the motivations maybe behind why Klaus potentially can’t let Ben go,” he told Inverse.
However, we do still need to find out how Ben died, and we can only hope that would be resolved in a potential Season 2.
David Castañeda has also shared his hopes for his character if the series is renewed. “One of the best things about the show is how the characters arc, and it takes its time to see people grow out of the traumas that they have,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’d like to see where Diego goes. He’s able to cope with a lot more things, but now he lost his mom, he lost Patch. He could either go completely insane off of it or he might just be a kid.”
Could that last bit be a hint referring to the fact that before the siblings disappeared in the finale, they turned into their younger selves?
If you want to get a jump start on the Season 2 plot, you can always read the comic.
What Umbrella Academy Season 2 Theories Should I Know About?
Much of the speculation around Umbrella Academy has focused on Ben, who’s already dead at the start of Season 1 but appears to his brother Klaus, who can commune with the deceased. We never learn how Ben dies, but it’s possible Season 2 could reveal that detail. In the meantime, here’s one tragic theory that makes a lot of sense.
Fans also wondered about the other 36 babies all born on the same day as the six members of the show’s Umbrella Academy superhero team (plus Vanya). Here’s our theory on the other Umbrella babies, and how they could play a major role in Season 2.
Who Will Be in the Umbrella Academy Season 2 Cast?
Due to the time travel at the end of Season 1, technically anyone could return, including characters who died. It all depends on when they end up, what is and isn’t changed moving forward, and what the plot of Season 2 is.
Season 1 starred Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige.
The Umbrella Academy Season 1 is streaming now on Netflix.
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