So it was a pretty good week for the folks over at Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, with the official trailer dropping ahead of the series' second-season return to the streaming service on July 31st. Did we think it was a bit off that Amazon Prime's The Boys also released a new teaser that same day? A little, but we're chalking it up to a little "friendly competition" between streamers. What we didn't see coming was some not-so-subtle shade being thrown TUA's way from none other than DC Universe (for now) and HBO Max's Doom Patrol. Check out the initial exchange below, followed by Justin Min (Ben Hargreeves aka The Horror aka Number Six) with a response so cutting that whoever's running the DP social media account should just take the day off. It was a response so cutting that it made Min declare via Twitter that he was making himself over into someone "nice." Hey, you do you, Justin- but remember? They started it, and you were just protecting your family.
Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya's 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right – the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three year period. Starting in 1960. Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they're the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which – spoiler alert! – turns out is a result of the group's disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?).
The Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. Joining them on their time-twisted mission are Texas housewife Sissy; a devoted husband and natural-born leader, Raymond; and "chameleon" Lila, who can be as brilliant or as clinically insane as the situation requires. Unpredictable, mischievous, and sarcastic, Lila's gifted with a twisted sense of humor.
The Umbrella Academy season 2 stars Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves aka The White Violin aka Number Seven, Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves aka Spaceboy aka Number One, David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves aka The Kraken aka Number Two, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves aka The Rumor aka Number Three, Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves aka The Séance aka Number Four, Aidan Gallagher as Five Hargreeves aka The Boy, and Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves aka The Horror aka Number Six.
The series also stars Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves, Kris Holden-Ried as Axel, Jason Bryden as Otto, Tom Sinclair as Oscar, Yusuf Gatewood as Raymond Chestnut, John Kapelos as Luther's boss, Ritu Arya as Lila, Stephen Rogaert as Carl, Cameron Britton as Hazel, Kevin Rankin as Elliot, Marin Ireland as Sissy, and Justin Paul Kelly as Harlan. Produced by UCP for Netflix, The Umbrella Academy is executive produced by showrunner Steve Blackman as well as Jeff F. King, Keith Goldberg, and Mike Richardson. Comic book series creators Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá serve as co-executive producers.