The Umbrella Academy Has Plans That Go Far Beyond Season 3

The Umbrella Academy Has Plans That Go Far Beyond Season 3

Spoiler warning: the following article contains details from throughout the second season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.


  • Netflix has officially renewed The Umbrella Academy for a third season.
  • Season 3 will begin production in February 2021, and the show has just announced an assortment of new cast members.
  • In the past, writer Gerard Way has given showrunner Steve Blackman a detailed document outlining the story’s future—which goes far beyond Season 2.

    The end of the first season of The Umbrella Academy, quite literally, went out with a bang, and the show’s second season picked up from that exact moment. From there, we saw a whole lot of time travel, a lot of action, a lot of laughs, a villain who was a fish in a tank with a human body, and some really cool and stylistic scenes with even better acting to go along with it. In short? Umbrella Academy Season 2 was a damn good time. So now we ask the obvious question—when’s season 3?

    And that question is a good one that we now have the beginnings of an answer to. Netflix has officially renewed The Umbrella Academy for Season 3, detailing in the process that production will start up in February 2021. It’s great to have the news become official, but given the show’s massive fanbase, and increased critical success (the show’s second season has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, up from the first season’s 75%), it was very, very difficult to imagine the show not returning for another season.

    As the show’s Season 2 cliffhanger left things, our heroes are in some sort of alternate dimension, where The Umbrella Academy is instead replaced by something called The Sparrow Academy. We were already guessing that was where Season 3 would directly pick-up, and with Netflix announcing the casting of the Umbrella Academy’s Sparrow Academy counterparts, that feels like a safe guess.

    There have also been some tea leaves telling us that Netflix and everyone behind the show have big plans in mind. Back in 2019, Gerard Way—who not only is the frontman of My Chemical Romance, but also the primary writer of The Umbrella Academy comics—told Collider that he gave showrunner Steve Blackman an 18-page document outlining his entire plan for The Umbrella Academy comics, which he plans to eventually total 8 volumes (three have been released so far, the most recent having come out last fall).

    Additionally, actor David Castañeda, who plays Diego, told Men’s Health that he knew Blackman is already working on a third season, but was keeping his ideas mostly private. “There’s been some notes, some ideas thrown back and forth if we get the opportunity to go forward,” he said. “But Steve kind of keeps all that stuff really close to his chest until we get a hard confirmation.”

    Here’s what more we know about the forthcoming third Umbrella Academy season.

    Who will be in the Umbrella Academy Season 3 cast?

    It’s been confirmed that most of the key players from Season 1 and 2 will return for Season 3. That means Eliot Page as Vanya, Tom Hopper as Luther, David Castañeda as Diego, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, Robert Sheehan as Klaus, Aidan Gallagher as Number Five, and Colm Feore as Reginald. Additionally, Adam Godley (as the voice of Pogo) and Ritu Arya (who played Season 2’s breakout character, Lila) will also be returning.

    It seemed at few moments in the second season like it might be the end of the line for Justin H. Min, who plays the deceased Ben. A major moment in the second season was when Ben went into the light to save an overwhemed Vanya, finally sacrificing himself out of Klaus’ visions. But that changed in a big way when the timelines changed—when the rest of the gang returned to the “present,” Ben was still alive—and part of something called The Sparrow Academy. And that made Min essential for a potential season 3.

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    And Netflix has confirmed Min’s return as Ben for Season 3 as well, albeit a very different Ben—rooted in The Sparrow Academy—and he’s #2 in that hierarchy. Netflix describes this Ben as a “Machiavellian tactician,” and he seems destined to be a Season 3 antagonist.

    Netflix also announced the rest of the Sparrow Academy members: #1 will be Marcus, the group’s leader who “oozes confidence and leadership,” played by Justin Cornwell from I Am The Night. #3, Fei, is a perceived misanthrope who in actuality is lonely, and will be played by HuntersBritney Oldford. #4 will be Alphonso, a scarred fighter with a “biting sense of humor,” played by Designated Survivor’sJake Epstein. #5 will be Sloane, played by Genesis Rodriguez (who voiced a character in Big Hero 6). #6 is Jayme, a loner who “doesn’t say much because she doesn’t have to,” and is played by Cazzie David (yes, Larry’s daughter, who recently published her debut collection of essays). And #7 is being called “Existential Dread Inducing Psykronium Cube,” which, uh, we’ll just leave that one be for now.

    On that same note, we don’t want to totally write off The Handler (Kate Walsh) from making another return—we thought she was dead at the end of Season 1, after all—but it seems like she really is outta there by the end of Season 2. Having said that, Walsh is a fantastic actress and her presence in the show always makes things stronger, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that a show that frequently deals with time-travel and uses flashbacks in nearly every episode could bring her back.

    It’s hard to rule out anyone making a return, for that matter, but for now we have at least a basic idea of who our key players would be.

    Will there be a third season of The Umbrella Academy?

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    Netflix has now officially confirmed that The Umbrella Academy will be returning for Season 3, with production beginning in February 2021.

    “Oh my god! We’re back! Again! It’s official,” the show wrote on its official Twitter account. “Production for S3 of The Umbrella Academy begins in February.”

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    The official Netflix Twitter account also confirmed the news.

    “They’re not done yet! The Umbrella Academy Season 3 is officially happening!”

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    David Casteñeda, who plays Diego, also reacted to the news from his own personal Twitter account.

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    The signs for more Umbrella Academy have long been there; Netflix particularly has invested in the talent of showrunner Steve Blackman. Back in February, the streaming giant signed him to a long and lucrative contract. As The Wrap describes:

    Under the deal, Blackman and his production company, Borderline Entertainment, will write and produce series and other projects exclusively for Netflix while continuing his work as showrunner and executive producer on “The Umbrella Academy.” Blackman will be growing Borderline for Netflix and bringing on a development executive in the coming months.

    Additionally, Netflix executive Brian Wright, the Vice President of YA/Family original series for Netflix, praised Blackman’s work with the network (he also worked on Altered Carbon). “Steve’s phenomenal work on The Umbrella Academy helped propel the series’ worldwide fandom,” Wright said. “He’s deeply creative, passionate and thoughtful, and we’re so excited to have him make a home at Netflix.”

    The deal guarantees that whatever other series Blackman and his production company come up with, it will be at Netflix. But with a bird in their hand already with the huge success of Umbre



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