Despite Umbrella Academy star Aidan Gallagher’s cryptic tweets last week indicting the show’s demise, Netflix has renewed the program for a second season according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, it charts the lives of seven superpowered people raised by a man wholly incapable of being fatherly. Of course, he may have had some method to his madness, even if it threatened to destroy the world. Six of the children became a superhero team known as The Umbrella Academy while the seventh remained in isolation for reasons outlined in the first season.
In fact, the reason for Vanya’s (Ellen Page) lonely childhood within the Academy becomes a key detail of the story, leading directly to the first season’s cliffhanger.
Page and Gallagher are set to return alongside Tom Hopper, David Castaneda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, and Justin Min as the other Academy members. It is currently unclear if Mary J. Blige and Cameron Britton will return as scene-stealing assassins Cha-Cha and Hazel. Hopefully, they will return even as the cliffhanger suggested an extended trip into the Academy’s past.
The first season of The Umbrella Academy is currently available on Netflix.