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The first season of The Umbrella Academy was one of Netflix’s most popular shows of 2019, with season 2 following suit in 2020, becoming the most popular Netflix original show of the year as fans binge-watched it following its release mid-pandemic.
Based on the comic book series created by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, the superhero series follows a family of seven adopted siblings who prepare to save the world - except, they often cause more problems than those they try and fix.
Here, we reveal everything we know about The Umbrella Academy season 3 so far, including the confirmed release date, plot, cast and characters, and trailer.
The Umbrella Academy season 3 release date, time and how to watch in the UK
The Umbrella Academy season 3 premieres on Netflix globally on Wednesday 22 June at 8am.
You'll need a Netflix subscription to stream all the episodes.
How many episodes are in The Umbrella Academy season 3?
There are ten episodes in The Umbrella Academy season 3 - the same as in the first two seasons. You'll be able to binge-watch them all in one go from 22 June at 8am.
The Umbrella Academy season 3 cast in a nutshell
All the main cast and characters will return in The Umbrella Academy season 3. Check out the full cast list below.
- Luther / Number One (played by Tom Hopper)
- Diego / Number Two (played by David Castañeda)
- Allison / Number Three (played by Emmy Raver-Lampman)
- Klaus / Number Four (played by Robert Sheehan)
- Five (played by Aidan Gallagher)
- Ben / Number Six (played by Justin H. Min)
- Viktor (formerly known as Vanya) / Number Seven (played by Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page)*
- Lila (played by Ritu Arya)
- The Handler (played by Kate Walsh)
- Sir Reginald Hargreeves (played by Colm Feore)
The new characters in The Umbrella Academy season 3 are listed below. They're all members of The Sparrow Academy.
- Marcus Hargreeves / Sparrow Number One (played by Justin Cornwell)
- Fei Hargreeves / Sparrow Number Three (played by Britne Oldford)
- Alphonso Hargreeves / Sparrow Number Four (played by Jake Epstein)
- Sloane Hargreeves / Sparrow Number Five (played by Genesis Rodriguez)
- Jayme Hargreeves / Sparrow Number Six (played by Cazzie David)
*Note: Elliot Page's character Vanya Hargreeves will come out as transgender in The Umbrella Academy season 3 and will henceforth be known as Viktor, mirroring the real-life coming out of Elliot Page as nonbinary and transgender in December 2020.
The Umbrella Academy season 3 plot: What will happen?
The official plot synopsis for The Umbrella Academy season 3 reads as follows:
"After putting a stop to 1963’s doomsday, the Umbrella Academy return home to the present, convinced they prevented the initial apocalypse and fixed this godforsaken timeline once and for all.
"But after a brief moment of celebration, they realize things aren’t exactly (okay, not at all) how they left them. Enter the Sparrow Academy. Smart, stylish, and about as warm as a sea of icebergs, the Sparrows immediately clash with the Umbrellas in a violent face-off that turns out to be the least of everyone’s concerns.
"Navigating challenges, losses, and surprises of their own – and dealing with an unidentified destructive entity wreaking havoc in the Universe (something they may have caused) — now all they need to do is convince Dad’s new and possibly better family to help them put right what their arrival made wrong.
"Will they find a way back to their pre-apocalyptic lives? Or is this new world about to reveal more than just a hiccup in the timeline?"
The Umbrella Academy season 2 ended on a massive cliffhanger, and fans have been waiting two years for the follow-up. Having time travelled to 1963, Ben stopped Vanya from causing World War III, as she was moments away from blowing up the FBI building in Dallas, Texas and setting nuclear war in motion between the US and the Soviets.
The family then returned to 2019 in one piece, except it’s not as they left it - because The Umbrella Academy became The Sparrow Academy. This tied in with the next chapter of the comic book series, titled 'Sparrow Academy'.
Speaking to Forbes, Gerard Way - who writes the comics that the show is based on - said that the 'Sparrow Academy' volume of the comics answers a big question fans have been asking since the very beginning - what about the other babies born on the same day?
Way teased: “[It] deals with a very big reveal in the Umbrella Academy universe, something that had been secret for a long time, and our siblings learn a lot about what was happening behind the scenes, as well as discovering the true nature of some characters that have been with them since the beginning.
“The series finally starts to answer the question: ‘What about the other babies born on that day, in that moment?’ The Umbrella Academy siblings are not alone in the world anymore.”
Is there a trailer for The Umbrella Academy season 3?
Yes! You can watch the full-length trailer for The Umbrella Academy season 3 below. You can also watch a handy recap video of season 2 at the top of this page.
Who created The Umbrella Academy?
The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series of the same name created by Gerard Way (frontman of My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel Bá. It was created for Netflix by Steve Blackman and developed by Jeremy Slater.
Will there be more seasons of The Umbrella Academy?
At the moment, no more seasons of The Umbrella Academy have been announced. But, according to ScreenRant, Netflix has renewed The Umbrella Academy for season 4.
Also, showrunner Steve Blackman recently signed an overall output deal with Netflix that means he’s going to be producing new TV shows for Netflix as well as continuing his work on The Umbrella Academy.
The Umbrella Academy seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix now.
Season 3 premieres on Wednesday 22 June.