Viktor Hargreeves is the new name of the character in The Umbrella Academy played by actor Elliot Page in the Netflix series.
Page announced the news via Twitter, sharing a first-look photo of the character along with the caption: “Meet Viktor Hargreeves.” Netflix shared the tweet, adding: “Welcome to the family, Viktor—we’re so happy you’re here.”
Welcome to the family, Viktor — we’re so happy you’re here ❤️ https://t.co/hQwD4Vvlkd— Netflix (@netflix) March 29, 2022
In the first two seasons of the superhero streaming television series, based on the comic book series of the same name, Page’s character was known as Vanya Hargreeves, or the White Violin, whose superpower involved unleashing force through the use of sound.
As reported by Yahoo Entertainment, Page's character will transition in the upcoming third season.
The character formerly known as Vanya will be known as Viktor Hargreeves and will use he/him/his pronouns. However, the streaming giant has yet to share any more plot details about how (or if) Viktor’s transition will be written into the show.
When Page first came out as transgender in December 2020, Netflix confirmed that the actor, whose past film credits include X-Men, Inception and Juno, would continue to star on The Umbrella Academy and updated all of the previous credits to Elliot Page. At that time, insiders told Variety there were no plans to change Page’s character’s gender on the show.
Earlier this month, Netflix revealed a teaser for The Umbrella Academy Season 3, with Page’s character still being referred to as Vanya at the time. Page’s tweet and Netflix’s acknowledgement is the first news of the character’s name change and transition storyline.
The Umbrella Academy Season 3 premieres June 22 ☔ 🐦 pic.twitter.com/Rnww2nzhlx— Netflix (@netflix) March 13, 2022
The third season will introduce The Sparrow Academy, a rival group in an alternate timeline. According to Netflix, after going back in time to 1963 and saving the world at the end of The Umbrella Academy Season 2, the new season will pick up where the Hargreeves siblings left off.
In an altered timeline, Reginald created the Sparrow Academy, a group of superheroes that mirrors the Umbrella Academy. After a violent confrontation, the two groups must learn to team up and defeat a new entity that threatens to destroy everything.
The logline from Netflix asks, “Will they find a way back to their pre-apocalyptic lives? Or is this new world about to reveal more than just a hiccup in the timeline?”
The Umbrella Academy stars Elliot Page as Viktor, Tom Hopper as Luther, David Castañeda as Diego, Emmy Raver-Lampan as Allison, Robert Sheehan as Klaus, Aidan Gallagher as Five, Justin H. Min as Ben, Colm Feore as Reginald, Ritu Arya as Lila, Justin Cornwell as Marcus, Britne Oldford as Fei, Jake Epstein as Alphonso, Genesis Rodriguez as Sloane and Cazzie David as Jayme.
The third season of The Umbrella Academy began filming in early 2021, and is set to be released on June 22, 2022.