When it rains, it pours. Here’s your first look at The Umbrella Academy. Coming to Netflix February 15. A dysfunctional family of superheroes comes together to solve the mystery of their father’s death, the threat of the apocalypse and more. Adapted from the comic created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.
The Umbrella Academy initially takes place in an alternate history where John F. Kennedy was never assassinated and is primarily set in 1977 (the year of writer Way’s birth), which is treated as the present. The titular team is described as a “dysfunctional family of superheroes” (akin to Marvel Comics Fantastic Four). In the mid-20th century, at the instant of the finishing blow in a cosmic boxing match, 43 superpowered infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy (it is hinted by a character implied to be God that they are collectively a modern-day incarnation of the Messiah). Sir Reginald Hargreeves a.k.a. The Monocle, an extraterrestrial disguised as a famous entrepreneur, adopts the surviving seven children and prepares them to save the world from an unspecified threat as the Umbrella Academy. In Apocalypse Suite, the team disbanded and failed to stay in contact with each other until they were reunited upon the news of Hargreeves’ death, and subsequently reformed the team after one of their own number became a supervillain. The cast includes the following:
- Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves / The White Violin, a violinist with no superpowers but is an expert on the violin.
- Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves / Spaceboy, an aspiring astronaut with super strength whose body is that of a Martian Ape.
- Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves / The Séance, a slacker with telekinesis and the ability to communicate with the dead.
- Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves / The Rumor, a tomboy with the ability to manipulate reality by lying.
- David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves / The Kraken, a rebellious troublemaker with enhanced breath holding and gifted knife-throwing techniques.
- Aidan Gallagher as Number Five / The Boy, an unnamed teenager who can time travel at the cost of aging quickly while maintaining his regular appearance.
- Mary J. Blige as Cha-Cha, a Neo-Nazi criminal. Unlike the comics, the character is female.
- Cameron Britton as Hazel, Cha-Cha’s partner.
- Colm Feore as Sir Reginald Hargreeves / The Monocle, an alien masquerading as a human billionaire industrialist.
- Adam Godley as Pogo, a chimpanzee and Reginald’s closest assistant.
Check out the teaser poster for the series below: