What is The Umbrella Academy everyone is talking about? Netflix video is here to explain
Have you caught Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy yet? The 10-episode exclusive, a Dark Horse Comics adaptation starring big-hitters such as Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Robert Sheehan and much more, released over the weekend to oodles of excitement.
The show follows a dysfunctional, adopted family of seven who were all born under mysterious circumstances. A billionaire puts them all up at the eponymous Umbrella Academy, preparing them for a time when they must save the world. In the wake of his death and in the shadow of a coming global apocalypse, the estranged “siblings” must now put their differences aside and put their gifts to greater use.
If I were to give a impressions-only one-liner, I’d probably say it’s X-Men meets The Haunting of Hill House.
As Netflix subscribers are wont to do, plenty wound up binging through the entire first season in those first few days – the soundtrack is easily receiving loads of mention, something you can give a listen on Spotify.
Fans hungry for more have a few options at this point: reading the original comics written by Gerard Way, scrounging up news for season two (in short: it’s still too early for Netflix to decide if they should renew), or gushing about their favorite characters and/or moments online.
For everyone else wondering what this masked business is all about, Netflix have prepared a video that gives a taste of what to expect. Check it out:
Alternatively, just dive into the show right now because there’s something to be said about going into a show or movie “blind”.
It’s good to see that Netflix haven’t abandoned comics entirely after cancelling most of their Marvel programming (
spare The Punisher too soon), and given the strong early response for The Umbrella Academy it’s likely that they’ll continue to shop around and experiment a little while more.