The Umbrella Academy Season 2: Meet Lila; Five's Super-Caffeinated

It's not like we were expecting an official trailer for the second season of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy to drop before the July 4th holiday weekend in the U.S. Hoping for it with every available body part crossed? No comment. But we were definitely not expecting one. What we did get was another pair of preview/teaser images, but this time with a catch. While we've been seeing the Hargreeves clan (Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin Min) from a number of different perspectives, this round includes a guest appearance from one of this season's newest players: Lila (Ritu Arya): a "chameleon" 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- and is clearly someone who will play a major role in Diego's (Castañeda) plans. Following that, a look at Five (Gallagher): the older/younger sibling who's uber-motivated and super-caffeinated:

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More key art from The Umbrella Academy (Image: Netflix)
The Umbrella Academy
More key art from The Umbrella Academy (Image: Netflix)

Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya's (Page) 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?). Now 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 (Tom Sinclair, Kris Holden-Ried, Jason Brydenwait). But seriously, no pressure or anything. Joining them on their time-twisted mission are Lila, Texas housewife Sissy (Marin Ireland); and devoted husband and natural-born leader Raymond (Yusuf Gatewood).

And let's not forget about the official poster for the Gerard Way/Gabriel Ba comic book adaptation, which was already confirmed to contain some storyline easter eggs in the reflections in their sunglasses. Luther (Hopper) remains committed to "saving the day," while Diego (Castañeda) clearly has eyes for Lila and Allison (Raver-Lampman) looks to make a societal difference. For Sheehan's Klaus, it's about finding a connection and dealing with lost love, while Min's Ben looks to reclaim the family life taken from him and Page's Vanya appears to want to put the past/future behind her with a fresh start. As for Five (Gallagher)? He trying to get them all on the same page so they can avert an apocalypse in time to avert… another apocalypse?

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The poster for The Umbrella Academy season 2 (Image: Netflix)

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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