They might have recently pulled the plug on their Marvel superhero universe, but with practically unlimited funds at their disposal, Netflix always has a plan B. In the wake of the cancellation of Daredevil and co., the streaming giant has unveiled the first teaser trailer for their new superhero series, The Umbrella Academy.
Based on the Dark Horse comic series by Gerard Way (yes, the former My Chemical Romance frontman) and Gabriel Bá and created by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist), the series begins one fateful day in 1989, where 43 unconnected women suddenly give birth despite not having been pregnant when the day began. This being a superhero show, five of the children have special abilities.
Those five, and a sixth without superpowers, are adopted by billionaire Reginald Hargreeves and are trained to save the world at what comes to be known as The Umbrella Academy. The series picks up with the children now in their 30s, reuniting in the wake of Hargreeves’ passing.
The teaser definitely seeks to show off a weirder side of the superhero genre, but by all accounts, the show itself should be even wackier if the source material is anything to go by. It looks a little like an offbeat X-Men reboot of sorts, but whatever it is, expect it to quickly become one of Netflix’s most popular shows.
The Umbrella Academy stars Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Tom Hopper, Mary J. Blige, and Cameron Britton, and will debut with ten one-hour episodes on February 15, 2019.