Netflix's 'The Umbrella Academy' has all its characters on point, but whatever happened to Number 6/The Horror?

'The Umbrella Academy' has a whole list of wacky and out of the box superheroes, but has this powerful family forgotten about Ben Hargreeves aka The Horror?


                            Netflix's 'The Umbrella Academy' has all its characters on point, but whatever happened to Number 6/The Horror?

'The Umbrella Academy' should definitely be on your Netflix watchlist this February, not simply because of its star-studded cast, but for the way that they were able to pull off Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's creative dream to life in this beautiful graphic novel adaptation.

The story begins in 1989, when forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who had shown no signs of pregnancy before that.

Seven of these children are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist and inventor, who creates 'The Umbrella Academy' and prepares the said children to save the world. But during their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded, only to be reunited 15 years later on hearing the news of their "father's" death/murder.

The reunited superhero family has to keep it together in order to be successful in their mission to find Sir Hargreeve's killer, while at the same time keeping their emotions aside so that they can save the world together.

'The Umbrella Academy' Poster.
Source: IMDB
'The Umbrella Academy' Poster.
Source: IMDB

While the first trailers are out, one of the main characters, Ben Hargreeves aka The Horror is missing in action, and we even hear Sir Reginald Hargreeves say that he's adopted six children instead of seven, but that could also be because of his utter contempt for one of his 'children', Vanya Hargreeves, who he named Number 7 as she was not special to him in any way.

In the latest trailer, we find the family standing in a circle while pouring Sir Reginald's ashes onto the damp ground, but they're standing in front of an eerily familiar statue, which can be none other than Ben Hargreeve's memorial.

Dante Albidone, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Brodeur, Eden Cupid, Ethan Hwang, and Blake Talabis in The Umbrella Academy (2019)
Source: IMDB
Dante Albidone, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Brodeur, Eden Cupid, Ethan Hwang, and Blake Talabis in The Umbrella Academy (2019)
Source: IMDB

So, now that we've established the fact that The Horror is really dead, what may become of his character in the series?

On IMDB, we do see a Young Ben in the cast played by Ethan Hwang, and while we may not see an adult version of Ben, we would definitely get to see the little Ben in action. 'The Umbrella Academy's graphic novel counterpart actually follows the same theme, with Ben already dead, and a memorial statue placed in the center of the Academy grounds in his honor. Ben, however, does appear as a spirit in the comics who speaks through the statue, or appears in visions to the family.

The Umbrella Academy standing in front of what seems to be Ben Hargreeves memorial statue. (2019)
Source: IMDB
The Umbrella Academy standing in front of what seems to be Ben Hargreeves memorial statue. (2019)
Source: IMDB

And let's not forget Number Four i.e The Seance (Robert Sheehan), whose power to contact the dead will definitely see the other deceased Hargreeves in the mix, either to guide him or to torment the already unstable Number Four aka Klaus Hargreeves. 

Steve Blackman, the director of 'Fargo', directs this series, and with his exceptional helming skills, we're sure that he has something more in store for the poor deceased Ben Hargreeves.

'The Umbrella Academy' is slated to premiere on February 15 on Netflix, and let's see if you find little Ben in the trailer below!