Umbrella Academy season 2 is getting groovy this summer. The super dysfunctional family of superheroes will have another opportunity to prevent the world-ending apocalypse — but first, they have to figure out life in the 1960s.
The first season of Umbrella Academy was one of the most popular shows on Netflix in 2019, ranking third behind Stranger Things and The Witcher. The series, based on the Dark Horse comics, centers on the seven adopted Hargreeves siblings, who were among the children born at the same time on Oct. 1, 1989 during a mysterious global phenomenon.
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Now adults, they reunited for their father Sir Reginald’s funeral. When they discovered that an apocalypse is impending, they found it difficult to set aside years of distrust and bitterness to work together to prevent catastrophe. Siblings, man. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t save the world without ‘em.
In the finale, the apocalypse happened but the siblings were able to hit a reset button by time-traveling back to their teenage selves. But will they find a way to stop the apocalypse in this new timeline?
Here’s everything we know about The Umbrella Academy season 2 including its release date, cast, plot, and more.
Umbrella Academy season 2 release date: When is it coming out?
The Umbrella Academy season 2 will be released July 31.
Netflix revealed the release date on May 18 with a quarantine-appropriate video featuring the cast members dancing in their homes in an echo of a scene from season 1.
The July release date is a little later than we had guessed (June), but it falls in line with the production schedule. Filming completed in November 2019 and the show moved on to visual effects, editing and other post-production processes.
In February, the show’s twitter account posted a series of mini-posters, basically giving us all a chance to get a new phone lock screen of our favorite character. The final tweet/poster featured an ominous message: “when are they?”
hang on. this could get messy... pic.twitter.com/Ef27g7s53RFebruary 19, 2020
Umbrella Academy season 2 cast: Who’s in it?
All the Hargreeves siblings will be back for season 2, so the returning cast members are Ellen Page (Vanya/Number Seven), Tom Hopper (Luther/Number One), David Castaneda (Diego/Number Two), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison/Number Three), Robert Sheehan (Klaus/Number Four), Aidan Gallagher (Number Five) and Justin H. Min (Ben/Number Six).
Netflix confirmed the main cast's return by tweeting a series of posters, led by one wondering "When are they?"
Since season 1 ended with the siblings time-traveling back to their teenage selves, we’ll probably see the younger versions of the characters played by T.J. McGibbon, Cameron Brodeur, Blake Talabis, Eden Cupid, Dante Albidone and Ethan Hwang.
Also possibly returning, either in flashbacks or ghost form, are Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves and Jordan Claire Robbins as Grace Hargreeves.
A bigger question mark is the status of time-traveling assassins Cha Cha (Mary J. Blige) and Hazel (Cameron Britton). The former died in the apocalypse but the latter escaped with his girlfriend Agnes (Sheila McCarthy). But since the show hit the reset button, they and their boss the Handler (Kate Walsh) could also be back.
The Umbrella Academy season 2 is adding several new cast members, starting with Ritu Arya (Humans), Yusuf Gatewood (Good Omens) and Marin Ireland (Y).
The official Umbrella Academy Twitter account revealed some details about their new characters:
.@ritu_Arya_ is Lila. ☔︎ A chameleon who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. ☔︎ Unpredictable, mischievous, sarcastic☔︎ Twisted sense of humor pic.twitter.com/HFJIWxb6NbSeptember 10, 2019
.@MarinIreland is Sissy ☔︎ Fearless, no-nonsense Texas mom. ☔︎ Married young for all the wrong reasons. ☔︎ Eager to rediscover what life and love has to offer. pic.twitter.com/e2ycutWiejSeptember 10, 2019
Since they all appear to be in their 30s, it’s possible that Lila, Raymond and Sissy were among the 43 babies born at the same time on Oct. 1, 1989, just like the Hargreeves kids.
Also new to season 2 is a trio of cold-blooded Swedish assassins played by Tom Sinclair, Kris Holden-Ried and Jason Bryden.
Umbrella Academy season 2 plot: What to expect
Plot details about Umbrella Academy season 2 are being kept under wraps, but it seems likely that it will pick up where season 1 left off. In the finale, Vanya had unleashed her powers (after previously believing they were non-existent) and blasted the Moon. The resulting debris fell to Earth and triggered the apocalypse. Number Five used his time travel powers to save the siblings by teleporting them to the past, which caused them to revert into teenagers.
That ending is different than the one in the comics, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what happens.
"The truth is, we don't know where they are. We don't know what happened to them," showrunner Steve Blackman told The Hollywood Reporter.
"I wanted this to really be the best of cliffhangers, in that you're like "Wait, what? What happened?" It gives us a lot of openness and legroom to tell the best story we can next year. But yes, the apocalypse is not solved. They did not save the world, which is a slight alteration of the comic. To me, it was the right Netflix cliffhanger. You really want people to go into the off-season saying, ‘I gotta know what happened,’ and that will be revealed when — hopefully — you see season two.”
Though the show has veered from the comics, the producers are still using the source material as a guide. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá are still writing their comic series (they’ve finished three out of eight planned graphic novels) but have given a roadmap to Blackman and the writers, so this won’t be a Game of Thrones/George R.R. Martin situation.
The first season loosely covered the events of volume one and some parts of volume two of the comic. Umbrella Academy season 2 is also pulling from volume two, “Dallas."
In “Dallas,” Number Five and Allison travel back in time to assassinate President John F. Kennedy, in the belief his death will prevent the apocalypse. According to Entertainment Weekly, Hargreeves travel back in time to Dallas in the 1960s. However, Number Five's lack of complete control over his time-bending powers sends each of them to a slightly different point in time. Five will have to reassemble the team so they can try to prevent the apocalypse (again).
Something that many fans (including myself) want to see is a deeper exploration of the Hargreeves siblings' powers. Vanya has only just discovered hers and the big question is whether she can learn to control them. Klaus developed a twist to his ability to interact with the dead: By connecting with ghost brother Ben, he can let Ben affect the real world. The duo has only scratched the surface on that new power.
Is there an Umbrella Academy season 2 trailer?
No, Umbrella Academy season 2 does not have a trailer yet.
Umbrella Academy season 2 photos: What we’ve seen so far
Netflix dropped 12 photos from Umbrella Academy season 2, which show the Hargreeves siblings looking a bit out of place in 1960s Dallas. They also provide a glimpse of the Swedish assassin trio.
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Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.