With the third season of The Umbrella Academy already released last Wednesday, many fans are already speculating what the future of the successful Netflix superhero series may be. At the moment there are many unknowns, several raised by that powerful ending and with that post-credits scene, but we can get an idea of what we can expect from a possible fourth season .
How will that final cliffhanger continue? Which actors could return? When could it be released? At the moment, these are some of the aspects that we know about the next batch of episodes, which are speculated that they could be the last adventures of the Hargreeves.
It’s been renewed for its fourth season, right?
At the moment, Netflix has not confirmed that the Steve Blackman series has been renewed for a fourth season. However, it would be very surprising if the streaming platform did not go ahead with one of its most successful science fiction series after Stranger Things. It is never convenient to sell the skin of the bear before hunting it, but in this case, we can be relatively calm with the continuity of the series.
‘THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY’ SEASON 4 RELEASE DATE
Not having been officially renewed, the series has not yet entered production for its next episodes. Unless they go into filming immediately after the renewal, production may be delayed, which would affect the premiere of the series. Balancing all the agendas of the actors, the number of special effects involved that must be produced and other factors invite us to think that until 2024 we would not see the return of the series.
The release window is also unknown. Its first season premiered in February, while the second did so in July. The latter reached us in June, but two years later -a delay added by the pandemic-. A probable estimate would make us talk about the summer of 2024 for the arrival of this fourth season.
Who will return for season four of “The Umbrella Academy? “
For now, we can expect the return of all the Hargreeves brothers. Elliot Page (Viktor), Tom Hopper (Luther), David Castañeda (Diego), Emmy Raver-Lampman (Alison), Robert Sheehan (Klaus), and Aidan Gallagher (Five) seem fixed in addition to Justin H. Min (although it is not clear which version of Ben could return, based on the post-credits scene of the last season).
It would also be reasonable to expect the return of Colm Feore as Reginald Hargreeves, especially after achieving his goal of rescuing his wife Abigail, who was played by Liisa Repo-Martell in Season 1, from death. who gave life to Ritu Arya, or Sloane, who played Genesis Rodriguez, could return, although nothing is guaranteed.
Is there any significance to the Post-Credits Scene?
By not preventing the restart of the universe at the end of the season, the Hargreeves have been stripped of their powers, which may be a problem in stopping the next apocalypse that is likely to come in season 4, where they may also face The Sparrow Academy formed by his father Reginald. To make matters worse, in the post-credits scene we see the return of Ben, who is still alive after the restart of the timeline. But is it the Ben the Hargreeves know, or is it the one from Sparrow Academy?
Following on from the original comics, written by Gerard Way and to which the series has remained very close, The Sparrow Academy will have a very prominent role in the upcoming season. Although there is no published fourth volume of said comics, it was revealed that the fourth volume would take the name of this rival academy of the Hargreeves, which anticipates a more important confrontation. However, as it is not yet released, the writers of the series find themselves for the first time in uncharted territory that they will have to solve for themselves.
IS THIS THE SERIES’ LAST SEASON?
Although Way is seen doing The Umbrella Academy stories for at least a decade in comic book format, series creator Steve Blackman isn’t seen developing the Hargreeves’ story for as long. In an interview for TVLine, he explained that the fourth season could serve as the end of the entire series.
“I don’t know how many seasons [Netflix] wants to do. I pitched season four to them, and I know the beginning, the middle, and the end [of it],” explains Blackman. “When I started the series, I only had the first four seasons in mind. I have what I think is an ending for this television series.”
Although this may mean the end of the main series of The Umbrella Academy, Blackman’s statements open the door to a continuity on the part of Netflix, perhaps in the form of spin-offs or something of the sort. Taking into account the trend of the company, he probably does not want to say goodbye to one of his great series so soon. For now, fans can breathe easily.