After its season 3 finale, The Umbrella Academy season 4 is set to continue one of the show’s worst Ben ideas in an overcorrection of an early mistake. Based on the comic book series of the same name by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy proved a huge success for the streaming giant. The Umbrella Academy’s story of seven super-powered adopted siblings attempting to overcome their dysfunctional family dynamic in order to save the world captured the imagination of a global audience, with all three seasons so far proving massively popular.
Of The Umbrella Academy’s members, one of the most intriguing is Ben (Justin H. Min). At the beginning of season 1 of The Umbrella Academy, Ben is dead and for almost the entirety of the first two seasons of the show, he’s only able to interact with Klaus, who can interact with the spirits of the deceased. Luckily, the dynamic between the two brothers was hugely entertaining, and it made Ben feel like The Umbrella Academy’s biggest waste, because he was unable to properly interact with his other siblings, despite being aware of them and able to see their actions.
The Umbrella Academy season 3 flipped this idea though, by introducing an alternate version of Ben who survived in an alternate timeline. This Ben was part of the Sparrow Academy, another set of super-powered adopted siblings who Sir Reginald Hargreeves raised in place of the Umbrellas. Importantly, the Sparrow Academy’s Ben was a colder, more calculating, and decidedly less affable version of the character. The season 3 finale sees Ben join the Umbrella Academy in another alternate timeline, but, with the shocking reveal of what appears to be yet another Ben surviving there, it seems as though The Umbrella Academy season 4 may actually reverse the season 1 mistake by having entirely too much Ben.