Everything We Know About Season 3 of Netflix's 'The Umbrella Academy'
Get ready to meet the Sparrow Academy.
Ever since Netflix dropped its adaptation of My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's comic book The Umbrella Academy, fans simply can't get enough of the superpowered, time-traveling, apocalypse-stopping Hargreeves family. The show, from Steve Blackman (Altered Carbon, Legion) and Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist), about an inexplicable event that led 43 superpowered babies to be born on the same day to women who showed no signs of pregnancy in 1989—specifically the seven adopted and trained to eventually save the world by the elusive Sir Reginald Hargreeves—has been a quirky, explosive adventure (and a consistent hit for the streamer) now for two seasons.
In the sci-fi show's run thus far, the fam had to put a stop to the apocalypse not once, but twice—but their work protecting the universe seems far from over. Considering Season 2's surprising finale and how popular the series is, it was only inevitable when Netflix renewed the series in November 2020. It's fair to wonder what the next mission is for all of the siblings—so when will The Umbrella Academy be back in session? Here's what we know so far.
When will Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy be released?
It sure seems like a long wait since fans have been back in the warm embrace of the Hargreeves since Season 2 aired in summer 2020, but not even they could use their time-traveling skills to jump ahead of the pandemic to film Season 3. That said, after nearly two years of waiting, we finally have a premiere date: June 22, 2022!
Netflix announced on the Hargreeves' birthday, October 1, that the show was confirmed for a 2022 release. (Netflix actually shared the release date in the sneakiest way possible, dropping a hint on Twitter that directs fans to the show's page on the streaming service where a new teaser appears under "Trailers & More.") They went into production in February 2021 and wrapped in August.
Along with the release announcement, fans noticed another detail about the new season: the age rating has changed from TV-14 to TV-MA (for Mature Audiences), likely promising a lot more violence in the new episodes.
Is there a trailer for The Umbrella Academy Season 3?
Yes! Netflix finally released our first good look at what to expect from the new season, and not only have the Hargreeves family finally met their match in the mysterious "Sparrow Academy," but their presence in an alternate reality might cause the destruction of this new world, as well as their home. The only people who can help are their new rivals, and they don't look like they feel much like helping.
How many episodes will there be in Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy?
Just like Seasons 1 and 2, there will be 10 episodes in Season 3. Showrunner Steve Blackman and Netflix already announced every episode title in June, so you can already start brainstorming what each one is about. In the following order, they're titled: "Meet the Family," "World's Biggest Ball of Twine," "Pocket Full of Lightning," "Kugelblitz," "Kindest Cut," "Marigold," "Auf Wiedersehen," "Wedding at the End of the World," "Six Bells," and "Oblivion."
The showrunner announced the episode titles during a stream as a part of Netflix's Geeked Week, and TVLine reported he dropped a couple of hints throughout. He noted "Marigold" should be recognizable for superfans, especially of the graphic novel—but for those that need a refresher, that's the energy source that gave the siblings their powers. He also clarified that "Kugelblitz" is "a real word," which apparently is the scientific term for a black hole formed from radiation. That doesn't sound too great for the Hargreeves! Blackman also clarified that "Six Bells" will make more sense once the show premieres and fans start watching it, and it seems likely that "Meet the Family" refers to the introduction of the Sparrow Academy.
More recently in October 2021, fans also got some clarity about the episode titled "Oblivion." Netflix announced that at least part of the series will take place in what's known as Hotel Oblivion. Not only is it the title of the third volume of the original comics, but, according to Den of Geek, is a metaphysical hotel that no one can escape and where Reginald imprisons whoever the Academy defeats. Yikes! We'll see if the show sticks to the source material or turns Hotel Oblivion into something a bit different, but either way, fans have a lot to start theorizing over.
Who will be back for Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy?
Expect to see more of every family member that you know and love. That means Elliot Page will be back, as well as Aidan Gallagher who plays Five, Robert Sheehan, who plays Klaus, Emmy Raver-Lampman, who plays Allison, David Castañeda, who plays Diego, and Tom Hopper, who plays Luther. And, of course, we'll be seeing more of Colm Feore's Hargreeves patriarch, Sir Reginald, too. In March 2022, Elliot Page announced via a sneak peek on his Instagram that revealed his character is now named Viktor and Season 3 will see his character transitioning.
While their brother Ben (Justin H. Min) was supposed to die in 2006, it seems—given that the prophecy didn't actually go as planned in the Season 2 finale—he'll likely be around (in some form), as well. Aside from the members of the Academy, SyFy reported that at a 2020 press tour showrunner Steve Blackman confirmed that we'll be seeing more of last season newcomer and their sister (in being born to different women under miraculous circumstances) Lila (Ritu Arya), too.
Will there be any new characters in The Umbrella Academy Season 3?
The show gave us a glimpse at the shadowy figures that make up the mysterious Sparrow Academy at the end of Season 2, and it looks like we'll officially get to make their acquaintance in Season 3. While fans were already familiar with one of the seven Sparrows—a mustachioed, alternative version of Ben—in early 2021, Netflix announced who exactly the rest of the new set of superpowered young people will be. Justin Cornwell (Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey), Britne Oldford (The Flash), Jake Epstein (Suits), Genesis Rodriguez (She-Ra and the Princess of Power), and writer Cazzie David are the latest to join the cast.
Like the Umbrella Academy, Entertainment Weekly reported these students are all assigned numbers, too, and shared more information on who they'll be playing. No. 1 is Marcus (Cornwell), a charming, confident leader; No. 3 is Fei (Oldford) who comes across as self-isolating and negative, but really could use a friend; No. 4 is Alphonso, a fighter with more than a few battle scars, and strong sense of humor; No. 5 is the dreamy romantic Solane (Rodriguez); and No. 6 is Jayme (David), a loner who doesn't have a problem frightening others a bit. As for Ben, he's not the Ben we know and love. He is No. 2, though, and said to be "a Machiavellian tactician" who is "determined to gain his status as the leader at all costs." Oh, and if you were wondering about the seventh new student? Yeah, EW shared that's Christopher, who is not so much a human but a floating telekinetic cube in typical, odd The Umbrella Academy fashion. No voice actor has been billed for the cube quite yet, and it's unclear if one ever will be (he is telekinetic!), but Christopher is apparently an advice-giving, oracle-like presence for the Sparrows.
More than a few of the newbies appear to be foils or everything a member of the Umbrella Academy wishes they were—Marcus and Luther, Alphonso and Diego, Ben and, well, Ben—so it'll be interesting to see how this new crop of characters interacts with the students we've gotten familiar with. Aside from the Sparrow Academy, no new casting announcements have been made quite yet, but it's fair to assume that down the line we'll continue to meet more of the 43 babies. Blackman even echoed this to The Wrap saying, "It's established within the show that there are others. There's Lila, and if there's Lila, then there are more."
What will Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy be about?
Even though the Hargreeveses managed to put in the work to stop the apocalypse by traveling back to the '60s, instead of finally getting a little appreciation from their neglectful daddy, it looks like all they're getting is another mess to fix. Just as Season 2 wrapped up, it was revealed that in preventing the end of the world, the siblings unintentionally changed the course of history and their version of 2019 no longer exists. It's fair to assume that this little conundrum will be the focus of Season 3, particularly who Sir Reginald's replacement recruits, known as the Sparrow Academy, are and what this means to the Umbrella Academy's own lives.
Not much is known about the Sparrow Academy right now, aside from the fact that they're new people entirely, and not just alternate versions of the family fans know and love. Except for Ben, of course, which is extremely eerie and calls into question how this new path in time affected the existence and lives of rest of the Hargreeves—er, maybe former Hargreeves.
With them reunited, though, even if it's with an alternative version of Ben, this could be the season that things finally come together for the flawed family. Blackman explained to The Wrap that it's important to remember the show has only spanned three weeks thus far (!!), and more time together could only stand to benefit them after spending so many years apart. "I like to think as we go forward that their powers are also evolving. They’re learning new things," Blackman said. "They were trained until they were 14 or 15 by a very dysfunctional dad but then the family blew apart before they could finish their training. […] They might even discover in the future that their powers are stronger when they’re together."
To say the Hargreeves are dysfunctional would be an understatement, though, so really anything is game for the upcoming installment. Dig yourself some Reddit theory holes in the meantime, though, and we'll continue to update this post as more information regarding Season 3 becomes available.