In the Umbrella Academy comics, it is revealed that Five and Luther are related, but the Netflix show has yet to mention the connection.
Warning! Spoilers for The Umbrella Academy comic ahead.
During its two opening seasons, The Umbrella Academy has yet to answer a question that the comics do: Are Number Five and Luther twins? In both media, the titular Umbrella Academy is a reluctant group of superpowered individuals who fought crime together in their youth under the supervision of their alien adoptive father. In their unease-ridden adulthood, they are repeatedly brought together to avert apocalyptic catastrophes that often revolve around their most unstable and powerful member, Viktor.
The origins of the Umbrella Academy date back to 1989, when Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven children from around the world who had no obvious relationship beyond their mysterious origin, all born at exactly the same time to women who were not pregnant (the same woman, in the cases of Luther and Five). The Umbrella Academy then spent the start of their superpowered lives as adoptive siblings undergoing brutal training before dire circumstances (including Ben’s death and Five’s disappearance) separated them, only to reunite from years later at Hargreeves’ funeral.
However, certain links unite certain members of the Academy more strongly than others. In the comics, the connection between the time-traveling Five and Umbrella Academy frontman Luther has been shared since their one fateful day in the womb. The show has yet to fulfill the same narrative thread – so are twins Number Five and Luther in the show? And if not, why not?
Are Luther and Five Twins in the show?
In the comics, Luther and Five from Umbrella Academy are revealed to be twins, making them biologically related, unlike the other members of the group or any of the other known superpowered people. But are Number Five and Luther twins on the show? As the two are fraternal twins, the fact that they are brothers could be kept secret until the full revelation of the dallas arc, when Carmichael, the goldfish, professes his knowledge of it. Yet while it was a huge reveal in the source material, by Netflix The Umbrella Academy probably deleted the link because it related to a plot point similarly excised from the dallas arc: the murder of JFK.
Although there is a subplot in the show mentioning Hargreeves’ involvement in the incident, the arc is much more prevalent in the comics, as Carmichael threatens to kill Luther and Five’s mother as blackmail for conduct the assassination. Without that kind of personal danger, the revelation of the boys’ mother would likely have only served to clutter the world of a season that has already introduced a number of important new characters, including Viktor’s love interest, Sissy, Allison’s husband, Raymond, and the mysterious Lila Pitts, in addition to making more use of complex plot devices such as time travel and alternate histories. This is why the question of whether Number Five and Luther are twins has yet to be fully resolved until Season 3.
Will season 3 explore the connection of Luther And Five?
At the launch of season 3, it seems that The Umbrella Academy will continue to store this key information. It’s important to note that while audiences know that Five and Luther are twins in the comics, the characters themselves are currently unaware. As such, the potential narrative impact of the family bond has not been explored in any medium. It could even mean that the showrunners have decided that exploring this potential storyline doesn’t actually add to the story they want to tell right now. The focus on Sparrow Academy, as revealed The Umbrella Academy season 2 finalesuggests that they will be the focus of Season 3, rather than exploring Five and Luther’s relationship.
Of course, just because The Umbrella Academy has yet to mention Five and Luther’s connection, but that’s not stopping the show from adding it in a future season. It should be noted that Luther and Five were often paired up in Season 2, establishing a dynamic that could be broadened and deepened later by giving them a literal brotherly bond. And although The Umbrella Academy deviates from the comic book story quite often, the introduction of Lila (a character unique to the Netflix series) and an alternate Sparrow Academy timeline suggest the series will explore the unusual nature of the 43 people with superpowers in The Umbrella Academy in more detail than the comics. and a blood connection between Five and Luther would fit nicely into such an exploration.
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