Full trailer for the Netflix adaptation of The Umbrella Academy comic book series.
Netflix has released the first full trailer for The Umbrella Academy, its TV adaptation of the comic book series of the same name by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Ba. So we’ll soon be treated to the darkly comic adventures of the Hargreeves siblings, a dysfunctional family of reluctant superheroes. Think of them as the anti-Incredibles.
The comics are set in 1977 (coincidentally the year Way was born), in an alternate history where President John F. Kennedy was never assassinated. The Monocle, an alien disguised as billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves, adopts seven surviving children, out of 43 mysteriously born to random women who had not been pregnant the day before. The children are raised at Hargreeves’ Umbrella Academy, becoming a family of superheroes with special powers. But it’s a dysfunctional arrangement, and the family members ultimately disband, only reuniting as adults when Hargreeves dies. Later in the series, one of their own becomes a supervillain, prompting them to officially become a crime-fighting team again.
Fans of the comics will be pleased to hear that the Netflix adaptation looks to roughly be following the same basic premise—except the 43 mysterious babies are born on the same day in 1989 instead of 1977. Once again, the team disbands and reunites for the funeral of their childhood benefactor 17 years later, except they don’t really have many nice things to say about him. “He was a monster,” Diego Hargreeves (David Castaneda) offers as the ashes are scattered.