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The Umbrella Academy season 3: Everything we know so far

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The Umbrella Academy season 3 is going to be a wild ride — and the time to board is getting closer. The show's cinematographer and Elliot Page recently revealed that season 3 filming is ending soon. Previously, showrunner Steve Blackman teased that fans can expect "a wilder, bigger, zanier season than ever before" and revealed all of Umbrella Academy season 3 episode titles. And we're about to learn more about the next episodes.

The action will pick up after the Hargreeves spent an entire season stuck in 1960s-era Dallas. They managed to defeat the nefarious Handler and find a way back to their present day. But what they discovered when they returned was, well, very different from the status quo. 

In the alternate present day, they discovered that Hargreeves adopted different children, except for Ben, since they revealed their identities in Dallas. Now, Ben is part of an entirely different Hargreeves super group, dubbed the Sparrows.

"There are some very big surprises with the family this year," Blackman said. "There are some amazing changes that people will love to dig into."

He added, "It’s a wild season."

Here's everything we know so far about The Umbrella Academy season 3 — and watch Netflix's TUDUM hear from the cast, who will answer fan questions.

Umbrella Academy season 3 latest news (updated Jan. 14)

  • A new storyboard for season 3 posted online has fans concerned about Allison.
  • On August 26, cinematographer Craig Wrobleski shared an Instagram post that revealed there were two days remaining in the season 3 shoot
  • Tom Hopper, AKA Luther, has described filming as "the most fun I've had in any season so far." 

Umbrella Academy season 3 release date speculation

In November 2020, Netflix announced it ordered Umbrella Academy season 3. The season has a 10-episode order, but we still don't know anything about when the show will air.

We do know that Steve Blackman returns as showrunner and executive producer, and we also know that production began in February in Toronto, Canada. 

According to an Instagram post by cinematographer Craig Wrobleski, season 3 filming is due to end on August 27

Season 2 took about eight months between when filming wrapped in November 2019 to when the episodes dropped in July 2020. If season 3 follows a similar schedule, we might see Umbrella Academy return in April 2022. 

Umbrella Academy season 3 episode titles

During Netflix's fan event Geeked Week, Blackman did a Q&A in which he revealed the 10 episode titles for Umbrella Academy season 3. They are:

301: Meet the Family
302: The World’s Biggest Ball of Twine
303: Pocket Full of Lightning
304: Kugelblitz
305: Kindest Cut
306: Marigold
307: Auf Wiedersehen
308: Wedding at the End of the World
309: Six Bells
310: Oblivion

He noted "Marigold" will be significant to fans of the comics books and clarified that "Kugelblitz" is an actual word (it's a black hole formed from radiation as opposed to matter). 

It's interesting that episode 308, which Blackman said was a big one, references a wedding since the very first Umbrella Academy episode was titled "We Only See Each Other at Weddings and Funerals."

Umbrella Academy season 3 set photos and art

A new Umbrella Academy season 3 storyboard shared by showrunner Steve Blackman shows Allison Hargreeves in tears. Fans in the comments speculate that it's something to do with her daughter Claire.

Umbrella Academy season 3 recently wrapped filming in Toronto. In the spring, photographer Sean O’Neill spotted new cast members filming a scene where they seem to confront Tom Hopper's Luther. He posted a couple images to Twitter, and a fan account then helpfully collated them and a few others.

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The Umbrella Academy season 3 set photos

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Umbrella Academy season 3 Elliot Page photos

On Instagram, Elliot Page has shared photos from the set of Umbrella Academy season 3. The first, just days into shooting, was a picture of the show's new logo — an umbrella, with the number three, and a sparrow. 

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Another showed Page on set, masked and in front of a trailer. "Spreading love all around," Page wrote in the caption. New cast members Cazzie David and Justin Cornwell both left comments.

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Another Umbrella Academy season 3 set photo featured Page with co-star Emmy Raver-Lampman, who plays Allison. The latter is wearing a personalized face shield and sticking out her tongue, while displaying the peace hand gesture.

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Page's most recent set photo was a mirror selfie, where the star was sporting a red flannel button-up over a gray T-shirt and a dark baseball cap. Of course, we're dying to know if Page was in costume as Vanya, who tends to dress fairly casually. Or this could just be Page's normal, everyday attire.

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Umbrella Academy season 3 cast

The Umbrella Academy season 3 cast will include all of the main actors playing the Hargreeves siblings:

  • Elliot Page as Vanya aka Number Seven, who can convert soundwaves into a destructive force
  • Tom Hopper Luther aka Number One, who has super strength and the upper body of an ape
  • David Castaneda as Diego aka Number Two, who can curve the trajectory of anything he throws
  • Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison aka Number Three, who can control minds with the phrase "I heard a rumor..."
  • Robert Sheehan as Klaus aka Number Four, who can communicate with the dead and make them corporeal for a temporary time
  • Aidan Gallagher as Number Five, who can travel through space and time
  • Justin H. Min as Ben aka Number Six, who can unleash huge tentacles from his body

In addition to the seven Hargreeves siblings, Netflix confirmed that we will also see two more family members and friends.

  • Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist who adopted the siblings. In season 2, he is unmasked as an alien lifeform
  • Ritu Arya as Lila Pitts, the Handler's adopted daughter and Diego's girlfriend, who turns out to have mirroring superpowers.

There are also a number of supporting characters from the first two seasons who may pop up again. Since the siblings returned to an altered timeline (more about that below), even previously dead characters could show up. Or we may see some characters in flashbacks, visions or ghosts that appear to Klaus. They include:

  • Jordan Claire Robbins as Grace Hargreeves, the siblings' robot mom in season 1 and Reginald's human girlfriend in season 2
  • Adam Godley and Ken Hall as Pogo, an intelligent chimpanzee who serves as Reginald's assistant. Godley provides the voice and facial capture, while Hall provides the body motion capture
  • Kate Walsh as The Handler, the head of the Commission
  • Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha, a Commission agent
  • Cameron Britton as Hazel, a Commission agent and Cha-Cha's partner
  • Sheila McCarthy as Agnes Rofa, a waitress and Hazel's love interest
  • Ashley Madekwe as Detective Eudora Patch, Diego's ex-girlfriend
  • Cody Ray Thompson as Dave, a Vietnam War soldier and Klaus' love interest
  • Ken Hall as Herb, a Commission worker and now temporary head of the agency
  • Patrice Goodman as Dot, a Commission worker
  • Marin Ireland as Sissy Cooper, Vanya's love interest in 1963 Dallas
  • Yusuf Gatewood as Raymond Chestnut, Allison's husband in 1963 Dallas
  • Justin Paul Kelly as Harlan Cooper, Sissy's young son who takes on a bit of Vanya's powers

Netflix also unveiled the new cast members playing the Sparrows in Umbrella Academy season 3, along with their character descriptions. 

Of course, we already know of one: Justin H. Min as Ben, although this Ben (Sparrow #2) is described as "scheming, tactical and vicious, determined to gain his status as leader."

His Sparrow siblings are:

  • Justin Cornwell as Marcus (Sparrow #1), a natural born leader that oozes confidence and keeps the family together who is equally as charming as he is chiseled and colossus.
  • Britne Oldford as Fei (Sparrow #3), who sees the world in a special way. She’s typically the smartest person in the room and willing to negotiate – yet, once you cross her, there’s no turning back.
  • Jake Epstein as Alphonso (Sparrow #4), a scarred crime-fighter with a caustic and biting sense of humor who enjoys verbally berating his enemies, almost as much as he enjoys a good pizza and a six-pack of beer.
  • Genesis Rodriguez as Sloane (Sparrow #5), a romantic dreamer eager to see the world beyond the academy. Even though she feels tied down to her family, Sloane has plans of her own…and she may just act on them.
  • Cazzie David as Jayme (Sparrow #6), a loner with a fear-inducing snarl you’d be wise to avoid at all costs. She doesn’t say much because she doesn’t have to.
  • Existential Dread Inducing Psykronium Cube aka Christopher (Sparrow #7) is a telekinetic cube that can turn the room freezing cold and induce paralyzing fear without so much of a warning. The trustworthy, loyal oracle of the Sparrows is treated as just another sibling.

Umbrella Academy season 3 trailer speculation

There is no Umbrella Academy season 3 trailer yet, so don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise. 

When might we get a trailer, or at least some kind of teaser from Netflix? It's quite possible we'll have to wait until a month or so before the premiere date — so that could well be close to another year from now.

But in the meantime, check out Netflix's preview video of a panel with the cast members. Page says he was "surprised" by this season's scripts, while Raver-Lampman noted, "I actually have no idea what's going to happen at the end, that's the first time being in it and filming and not knowing what the end goal is. It's great, I'm here for it."

Umbrella Academy season 3 theories and Sparrow Academy plot

The Umbrella Academy season 3 will have a whole lot to unpack from the enormous cliffhanger from the season 2 finale. So, first, let's explain what happened in the finale.

The finale takes place on November 22, 1963 (aka the day JFK was assassinated). Earlier, the siblings had averted the Doomsday apocalypse, as seen by Number Five. It turned out that Vanya, once again, was "the bomb." But unlike in their present-day timeline, they were able to defuse her. Or, we should say: Ben defused her. Ghost Ben merged into Vanya and talked her down. Unfortunately, he ended up sacrificing himself and his spirit passed on. 

Afterward, the Hargreeves siblings go to Sissy's farm, as Vanya had figured out that part of her power had been ingested by Sissy's son, Harlan. As Vanya tries to soothe him, the Handler shows up with an army of Commission agents to take out the siblings for good. 

Vanya uses her power to wipe out the entire army — but the Handler and her adopted daughter, Lila, survive. It turns out Lila also has a power! She can mirror any one of the siblings and deploy their power right back at them (think Rogue in X-Men). 

But the siblings, led by Diego, try to turn Lila to their side. They tell her the Handler plotted the murder of Lila's parents, then stole her and is now using Lila for her own agenda. Diego pleads for Lila to join their family. But just as she's wavering, the Handler guns them all down. Then, the final Swedish assassin shows up and kills her. 

Number Five manages to survive and remembers advice his father had given him about rewinding time second by second, minute by minute. So he travels back in time just a bit. Just when the Handler shows up, he takes her gun. But the assassin still arrives and shoots the Handler. He and Number Five have a stare-down and then reach a detente, so the assassin leaves. The siblings are safe. 

Herb from the Commission arrives and tells the Hargreeves they can take a suitcase and return to their timeline. Before they go, Vanya bids Sissy a teary farewell and takes back her bit of power from Harlan (or so she thinks).

The siblings take the suitcase portal back to their timeline — April 2, 2019. And since the family mansion is still intact and the world hasn't ended, it appears the original apocalypse was averted.

But within the mansion, they find some curious changes and a big shock: their dead father, Reginald! How is he alive? He calls forward a group of shadowy figures, whom he calls the Sparrow Academy. Turns out that the Umbrella Academy doesn't exist!

And even more shocking is the appearance of Ben! He looks different — longer hair, a scar on his face. But somehow, he's alive and not a ghost only visible to Klaus in this new present-day timeline. And he has no idea who any of his siblings are.

So, what's going on? Well, as it happens with most time travel, the siblings' adventures in 1963 Dallas seem to have altered the course of events.

Recall that 43 non-pregnant women gave birth simultaneously and surprisingly. Reginald adopted seven of them. Since Reg met the adult versions of his children in 1963, he seems to have chosen to adopt different babies this time around. He still adopted Ben, since he didn't see Ghost Ben in 1963. 

Time travel: Can't make sense of it, can't seem to make a superhero story without it.

Kelly Woo

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media 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.