Well, it seems like the world didn’t end after all. Despite the explosive ending to season 1 of The Umbrella Academy, Netflix announced on Tuesday that it’s renewing the eccentric superhero show for a 10-episode second season.
Stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin Min are all set to reprise their roles in season 2 as the adopted Hargreeves siblings. Min plays Ben, who died before the show began but maintained contact with Sheehan’s Klaus, until in the season finale he materialized enough to use his monstrous powers to save his siblings. It sounds like his presence will continue to grow. There’s no word yet on whether Cameron Britton and Mary J. Blige will return as time-traveling assassins Hazel and Cha-Cha, though.
Aside from figuring out what happened to planet Earth after a cataclysmic event, season 2 may also explore other elements of the show’s mythology. For instance, the final episodes hinted that the team’s adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore), may actually be an alien who came to Earth for unknown reasons. As showrunner Steve Blackman (set to return in the same role for season 2) told EW after season 1, “There is more to Hargreeves, he’s not just a villain. There’s much more to this character that we’ll see if we get more seasons.”
The Umbrella Academy started out as a comic book by writer Gerard Way (formerly of My Chemical Romance) and artist Gabriel Bá, both of whom are co-executive producers on the show. Funny enough, the show’s premiere on Netflix coincided with the first Umbrella Academy comic series in 10 years. As Way told EW back in October, “We have this show now, so we need to stay ahead of them and give them a blueprint for what they might do … That way we can eventually get to the end of this story.”
Season 1 of The Umbrella Academy is streaming on Netflix now.