Warning! Spoilers for Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy are discussed in the article below.
After The Umbrella Academy successfully prevented a nuclear apocalypse in Season 2, the Hargreeves returned home to discover that their actions in 1963 have altered their present-day reality, with the appearance of The Sparrow Academy.
We spoke to Umbrella Academy showrunner Steve Blackman about this imposing new group of superheroes and their importance in Season 3, which is set to premiere globally on Netflix on June 22.
“[The Sparrow Academy] was something that Gerard [Way] and I had a similar idea on, and he wanted to incorporate it into the comics,” Blackman told IGN. “I had a similar sense, there are 43 kids in this universe, special kids like our Umbrella Academy. Eventually, I wanted to meet more of them, and he also was planning to do something in the comic book. Our sort of minds melded and hence the Sparrow Academy. They’re an exciting group of seven other very special siblings that are very different from their own. I think the audience will get a real kick at seeing how they all interact with each other.”
IGN can reveal an exclusive first look at several new images from Season 3 featuring the Hargreeves siblings and the Sparrow Academy in the gallery below:
The Umbrella Academy: Season 3 Exclusive Gallery
Concerning the images, Blackman pointed out that if you look closely at the members of the Sparrow Academy, the way they dress and carry themselves is very different from the Umbrellas.
“We get a couple of images of the Sparrows, there’s a great one of Jamie and Sloan,” Blackman explained. “And we can see there’s a very different look to these Sparrows than the way our Umbrellas deal with stuff. They’re in uniforms, they’re very put together. You can see Luther and Victor and you can see they’re very different in terms of how the families dress, and how they’re put together, which obviously looks better than the other one. I think the fans are going to get a big kick of how different [the Sparrows] are. Without giving too much away, they’re both dysfunctional families in their own way is all I can say.”
There are currently 3 volumes of the Umbrella Academy graphic novel, with creator and My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way, working on a fourth. Blackman informed us that while Way has “10 volumes in his head,” he doesn’t plan on the Netflix series running that long.
“I have an end in my mind,” Blackman said. “Look, I’d love to say we have 10 seasons of this, but I don’t have 10 seasons in my mind, I know where I’m going. I’d like another season for sure. From the very early start of this, I had an idea where I wanted the TV show to end and I would love to have another season to get close to that ending. I already know what I want the endgame to be. That is obviously going to be different than where Gerard is going, because he has much more stuff he wants to do with these amazing characters that he created.”
Be sure to check out Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy when it launches globally on Netflix on Wednesday, June 22. And for more on the world of streaming, we have a behind-the-scenes look at Season 2 of The Witcher, our review of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premiere, and find out why Andrew Garfield is taking a break from acting.
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