The Umbrella Academy Season 2 may not be here quite yet, but fans already know a ton of what they can expect when the Netflix superhero drama returns.
The first season left viewers on a massive cliffhanger, as the Hargreeves siblings accidentally caused the apocalypse they had been set on preventing when they shattered the moon, raining asteroids down on Earth's surface as a result. The Hargreeves decided that in order to save themselves (and hopefully save the world!), they would travel back in time to rewrite history. But how far back did they go? Will they succeed? And can they forgive Vanya for going full supervillain on them?
We've been rounding up every clue, casting development, and piece of scoop for months to give you the fullest picture of what Season 2 might look like. Here's everything we know about The Umbrella Academy Season 2 so far.
It will premiere this summer: Netflix has revealed that the premiere date for The Umbrella Academy Season 2 will be Friday, July 31 in a cute date announcement video featuring the cast.
Netflix also shared some groovy key art for the new season in June.
They’re back…in time. The Umbrella Academy returns July 31 🕶 pic.twitter.com/qQZE2yoigx— Umbrella Academy (@UmbrellaAcad) June 29, 2020
All of the Hargreeves siblings will return: Along with the renewal news, Netflix announced that Ellen Page (Vanya), Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castañeda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), Aidan Gallagher (Five), and Justin Min (Ben) will reprise their roles for Season 2.
Not everyone will necessarily be back: While the seven Hargreeves kids will return, there were some noticeable names missing from the announcement, including Colm Feore, who played their late father Sir Reginald Hargreeves. On the villain end of the spectrum, Kate Walsh (The Handler), Mary J. Blige (Cha-Cha), and Cameron Britton (Hazel) were also absent from the role reprisal news. But given that the first season ended in time travel, we wouldn't be shocked if some of the Big Bads — yes, even the ones who were killed — returned in some capacity.
The Umbrella Academy is traveling to the '60s. Season 1 was largely inspired by the first volume of Umbrella Academy comics, so it's not surprising that Season 2 will draw a lot upon the second volume, Dallas. In this storyline, the Umbrella Academy travel back in time to the 1960s, where some of them are trying to assassinate President John F. Kennedy and some of them are trying to prevent the assassination. Dallas is also where the comics introduce Vietnam (although it's incredibly different in the series), so this could also provide an opportunity to learn more about Klaus' time there.
While we don't know yet how much of the specific plot of Dallas will be incorporated into Season 2, the first-look photos do confirm that the Academy will have traveled to 1960s Dallas, Texas, to escape the apocalypse. However, apparently Five's time travel skills weren't sharp enough to keep the whole team together and the members will all have arrived in Dallas but at different points in the past, per Entertainment Weekly.
There are some new faces joining the cast: Ritu Arya, Yusuf Gatewood, and Marin Ireland will appear in Season 2 of the superhero drama as characters the Academy meets during their time in the 1960s. Arya will play Lila, a mischief-maker with a twisted sense of humor and the ability to adapt to any situation. Gatewood will appear as Raymond, a devoted husband and natural leader. Ireland will star as Sissy, a no-nonsense Texas mom who is ready to explore life and love after an ill-advised marriage. The series is also introducing a trio of new assassins in Season 2, played by Tom Sinclair, Kris Holden-Ried, and Jason Bryden, per EW.
Vanya will almost definitely get the help she needs: After she fell victim to her own powers, Vanya pretty much went full-on supervillain once her siblings showed up to try to prevent her from destroying the world. They were able to knock her unconscious and decided to travel back in time to try to "fix" her. When we spoke with the cast in February 2018, they said that Vanya definitely can be fixed. "I think she just needs time to sort herself out and figure out what it is she can do," Emmy Raver-Lampman said. But even if Vanya gets the help she needs, that doesn't necessarily mean all her siblings will forgive her right away for turning against them.
We might get to meet more of the magically conceived babies: The seven children Hargreeves adopted were only a small percentage of the 43 babies who were born on that October day in 1989. When we previously asked showrunner Steve Blackman and comics author Gerard Way whether we'd see any of the other kids, they coyly said that it was a really good question that they couldn't answer. That is definitely not a no, so we're hoping we'll get to meet some other super-powered people in Season 2!
Klaus will explore more of his potential: Klaus only began to scratch the surface of what he's capable of in the first season, an exploration which culminated in him making the ghost of Ben corporeal enough to interact with the physical world and help fight off The Commission. When asked about Klaus' abilities, Sheehan previously teased that "there's bound to be more stuff to discover," so get ready for an even more powerful Klaus moving forward.
We'll learn more of Hargreeves' mysterious origin story: We got a glimpse of Hargreeves' past in Season 1, which seemed to confirm that he's an extra-terrestrial who came to Earth after leaving his dying wife behind. Showrunner Steve Blackman did confirm to us that we'll learn more about who Hargreeves is in a future season, so let's just hope he meant Season 2 because we can't wait much longer for answers.
Music will continue to play a major role: Season 1 featured some memorable music moments that we can expect to see more of when the show returns. Composer Jeff Russo confirmed in an interview with ComicBook.com that Umbrella Academy won't be changing "the approach of how to tell the story musically." He also teased that the new characters have an impact on the way music is used, so we can only hope for something as instantly legendary as the shoot-out scene set to Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" in Season 2.
The Umbrella Academy Season 2 premieres on Friday, July 31 on Netflix.