Based on the comic series created by Gerard Way and released in 2007, The Umbrella Academy follows the lives of six mutants brought to a school by Professor Charles Xavier…wait, wrong series. This one follows six people born to women showing no signs of pregnancy on the day they gave birth. They are each born with “special” abilities and adopted by a man who starts a school to teach them to harness their abilities.
You can see the initial confusion, right? Especially from someone like myself who has never read the comics. One of them even resembles a monkey, so there’s your Beast character.
Umbrella Academy, however, looks like a very interesting twist on a familiar premise. These six characters seem to have grown up to be awkward, flawed people who don’t think much of their former headmaster. They also don’t seem to like each other, too much. I guess that part remains the same. However, that won’t stop them from teaming up to save the world after one of them jumps forward in time and finds apocalyptic destruction. With someone apparently trying to stop them from preventing said apocalypse.
I’m curious to see how they twist this premise, too. It kind of reminds me of Runaways.
Besides the interesting premise, Umbrella Academy also has quite the cast to get you watching. Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, and Aidan Gallagher feature prominently among the heroes, with Mary J. Blige as a villain and Colm Feore as the adoptive father of the heroes. I mean, it doesn’t take much more than Billy Bones and Ellen Page to get me interested in a show, so the rest is just bonus content.
The Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15. Here’s hoping it can bring in newcomers while also doing its source material justice.