The Umbrella Academy season 2 is coming back to Netflix for more dysfunctional family relationships and post-apocalyptic doughnut love stories, but which figures from the comic books could join the madness? Season 1 of The Umbrella Academy was a huge hit for Netflix, released to a rapturous critical reception that praised the unique tone and colorful characters. Based on the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella Academy centers around a family of adopted super-powered siblings who unravel the mystery of their father's death.
The first season concluded with the Hargreeves siblings failing to stop Vanya triggering the apocalypse. As the shattered remains of the moon began falling to Earth, Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Number 5 and Vanya had no choice but to escape via the unpredictable method of time travel. The Umbrella Academy season 2 will chart the group's attempt to somehow prevent the end of the world, and will reportedly continue adapting the "Dallas" comic book arc, which was partly explored in season 1.
A few new names have already been cast in The Umbrella Academy season 2. Yusuf Gatewood is Raymond, Ritu Arya will play Lila and Marin Ireland portrays Sissy. These aren't immediately identifiable as characters from the original comics (although they may be using different names), and this leaves room for more fresh additions, but which of The Umbrella Academy's comic creations might be featured in season 2 of the Netflix series?
In Leonard Peabody, The Umbrella Academy season 1 took an outrageous, overblown villain from the comic books and gave them a more realistic makeover. After already adapting the Conductor, Dr. Terminal offers another comic villain who could work well in live action. As his evil moniker implies, Dr. Terminal is diagnosed with a fatal illness but, in true comic book villain style, he manages to create a device that extends his own lifespan by killing others and converting their energy. Dr. Terminal captures and injures Allison before Luther manages to muscle in and heroically save his beloved.
Dr. Terminal's origin story and characterization would need some considerable alterations in order to fit with the tone of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, but as one of the few major villains in the comic books, it would be odd for the TV series to ignore Terminal completely. Furthermore, Luther and Allison's relationship remains in flux, particularly after the Academy leader ignored Allison's plan in the final battle against a rampaging Vanya. The Dr. Terminal story from "Apocalypse Suite" could provide a standout moment in season 2 that finally brings both characters together. This theory is helped by a brief reference to Dr. Terminal in The Umbrella Academy season 1.
By rights, Abhijat should've already appeared in The Umbrella Academy if the Netflix series planned to include him at all. A servant of Reginald Hargreeves alongside Pogo, Abhijat aided the Academy in their crime-fighting days and is also present when the grown-up kids return to the mansion following their father's death in the original story. The fact that Abhijat is neither seen or referenced more or less confirms that he won't play the same role on TV, but there's still a way in which Abhijat could be useful to the show.
At the end of The Umbrella Academy season 1, a flashback scene begins to explore Reginald's past and his mysterious, extra-terrestrial origins. This is something that will undoubtedly be continued in season 2, since Reginald's true goal in establishing the Umbrella Academy remains unknown. More scenes of Reginald set in the past might benefit from the presence of an early assistant, a predecessor to Pogo that the siblings never got to meet. Upon finding out about Abhijat, Klaus could then summon his father's former servant and find out more clues about the enigmatic Reginald. Abhijat's casting might also help fill the gap left by Pogo following his devastating death in the first season.
The brilliant Kate Walsh effectively takes on Carmichael's role in Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, but this doesn't rule out an appearance by the original incarnation. Just as the Commission is the live-action version of the Temps Aeternalis, Walsh's Handler replaces Carmichael as Number 5's old boss who comes back to haunt their former employee. The Handler is killed by Hazel at the end of The Umbrella Academy's first season, and she also warns Number 5 that if she dies, another Commission executive with exactly the same mission will take her place.
This warning might set up an appearance by Carmichael in The Umbrella Academy season 2, either as a replacement for the Handler, or as the main boss of the Commission. The big stumbling block, of course, is that Carmichael is a fish with a robotic body. Fortunately, Netflix no longer need to shell out on expensive chimpanzee CGI (sorry Pogo) so crafting a live-action reworking of Carmichael could certainly be an option.
Similar to the Carmichael/Handler comparison, Inspector Lupo is the original version of Detective Patch in The Umbrella Academy. Since Lupo is a Jim Gordon-style grizzled veteran cop, however, Diego doesn't have quite the same relationship with him as he did Eudora. Nevertheless, Lupo is a fascinating supporting figure in the Umbrella Academy comics and, like Pogo and the Handler, Patch's death has left a gap in the cast for a police officer who helps the Academy out and acts as their link to the authorities.
Season 2's time travelling might offer an easier route to work Lupo into Netflix's The Umbrella Academy. If the team find themselves in the past attempting to stop the apocalypse, Lupo could be the cop assigned with investigating the inevitable disturbance they'll create and gradually become convinced that the group are trying to save the world.
John F. Kennedy
Yes, that John F. Kennedy. If, as Gerard Way has previously stated, The Umbrella Academy season 2 continues to adapt the material from "Dallas," then the Kennedy assassination will play a key part in future stories. Viewers have already seen a brief flashback to this infamous incident when Number 5 first time traveled, but the comic books feature a story whereby the Temps Aeternalis and the Academy are forced to work together (under Carmichael's instruction) to ensure that the Kennedy assassination happens as history intended. With time travel set for a key role in season 2, Kennedy could certainly make an ill-fated appearance.
Additionally, Reginald Hargreeves and President Kennedy are acquaintances in the original Umbrella Academy comic books. If season 2 delves further into the history of the Hargreeves' siblings' adoptive father, then Kennedy could form an important part of his backstory, while also potentially tying back to the scene from season 1.
Like the Conductor and Dr. Terminal, Murder Magician is a very cartoonish villain in The Umbrella Academy comics, but one that could fit into the TV series with a little reworking. Almost Batman-esque in his hare-brained scheme, this magic-based villain doesn't appear in the main Umbrella Academy comics, instead featuring in a side story that takes its name directly from a My Chemical Romance lyric, "...But The Past Ain't Through With You." Murder Magician hypnotizes a live studio audience and works with his assistant (otherwise known as "The Assistant") to create a Murderbot. The Umbrella Academy take down Murder Magician in one of their youthful superhero adventures, but the character could still feature thanks to season 2's time travel mechanic.
The Umbrella Academy season 2 premieres in 2020 on Netflix.