Netflix’s next superhero show: ‘The Umbrella Academy’

But don't expect anything like Marvel here...

Unsurprisingly, Netflix is joining the trend of offbeat graphic novel adaptations, with the critically acclaimed The Umbrella Academy. On February 15th, the new seriepremieres on the streaming service. A contemporary superhero story, it’s created by Jeremy Slater, the showrunner of  the tv show The Exorcist. The Umbrella Academy is adapted from the graphic novel series created and written by Gerard Way (Yes, from My Chemical Romance), illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The first season will have ten episodes.

The Plot

On one day in 1989, 43 women, who were seemingly not pregnant the day before, miraculously give birth to children with abilities. A billionaire, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), adopts six of them, and creates the Umbrella Academy to train them to save the world. Thirty years later, the estranged children reunite after hearing that Hargreeves has died mysteriously.

To make matters worse, Number Five predicts the approaching end of the world, and so they must put aside their differences and work together to stop it.

The Characters

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#1 Luther (Spaceboy)

Luthor has superhuman strength and prefers a lonely life. In the comics, after a disastrous trip to space, Reginald Hargreeves (The Monocle) had to transplant his head onto the body of a Martian gorilla. I guess we’ll see if that comes to pass in the show.

Luthor is played by Tom Hopper. He is most known for playing Billy Bones in Black Sails, and Dickon Tarly in the most recent season on Game of Thrones. 

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#2 Diego (The Kraken)

Rebellious, Diego has a rivalry with his brother, Luthor. He has the ability to breathe underwater, and knife-throwing is his preferred form of fighting.

Diego is played by David Castañeda, who has been on shows like Switched at Birth and Jane the Virgin, and was recently in Sicario: Day of the Soldado.

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#3 Allison (The Rumor)

Allison has the ability to alter reality by lying, making her extremely powerful. With this ability in the mix, we might have to constantly question everything happening in the show.

She is played by Emmy Raver-Lampman, who is most known for playing Angelica Schuyler on the first national tour of Hamilton. 

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#4 Klaus (The Seance)

Miserable and morbid, Klaus’ abilities include levitation, telekinesis, and necromancy, or the ability to contact the dead. He has a lot of bad habits, including heavy use of drugs and alcohol. In the comics, his powers only work when he doesn’t have shoes on.

He is played by Robert Sheehan, who is most known for his role in Misfits, as the sarcastic and frequently vexing Nathan Young, who gains the power of immortality after a freak storm while doing community service.

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#5 The Boy

The Boy has the ability to travel through time. In the comics, he disappeared at the age of 10, traveling fifty years into the future. He stayed there for fifty years, aging normally, before figuring out how to get back.

When he returned, his siblings had aged into their thirties, and his body returned to the state it was in when he left. Since then, he hasn’t physically aged at all, though he has retained the wisdom and disposition developed from his experiences.

He is played by Aiden Gallagher, who starred in the kids’ show, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn.

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#6 ?????

As of right now, Number Six is a mystery, as the sibling who died earlier on. People who have read the graphic novels know who Number Six is and their abilities. Besides that, there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding their death, so it will be interesting to see how the show explores this.

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#7 Vanya (The White Violin)

Vanya is an enigma, and because of her apparent lack of abilities, she feels the most isolated from her siblings. She has a strong interesting in music, and is extremely talented on the violin. The graphic novels follow her journey to self-discovery, something that will almost definitely be a large focus of the series.

Vanya is played by the wonderful Ellen Page, most known for playing another superhero, Kitty Pryde, in the X-Men moves, as well as the starring role in the indie film Juno. 

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Cha-Cha and Hazel

Cha-Cha, played by Mary J. Blige, and Hazel, played by Cameron Britton, are two violent intergalactic assassins. In the comics, you never see their face. They always wear creepy masks, which you can see in the trailer.

Britton gained recognition last year for portraying the horrifying Ed Kemper in Mindhunter. If you don’t know who Mary J. Blige is, then honestly, I can’t help you.

At first glance, this show may seem to be just another superhero show. But with such twisted characters and interesting plot lines, it’s sure to be a unique, entertaining, and stylish adventure.

P.S. if you think we made a mistake in saying Hargreeves adopts six children, we did not, you can see him say it in the trailer. Despite that, there are seven kids listed here, and we are just as confused and intrigued as you as to why that is.

I guess we will have to wait and see on February 15th, when the show airs on Netflix!

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Devon Forward

Devon is an artist, writer, and current student of film/television development. She loves anything science fiction or fantasy, and her favorite show is Charmed, which kick-started her obsession with powerful yet imperfect female characters. You can usually find her somewhere analyzing a tv show or reading a good book. On Twitter @dev4wrd

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