Killing Off Marcus Proved How Useless Number 1 Is In Umbrella Academy

Marcus Hargreeves' season 3 death proves The Umbrella Academy's Number Ones are always number two. Played by Tom Hopper, The Umbrella Academy's Luther Hargreeves is Sir Reginald's original Number One, but it's not immediately clear why. Where Reg's other recruits received cool powers like time travel and communing with ghosts, Luther got lumbered with super-strength. And that would be fine if he was actually super-strong. Alas, it's often hard to tell whether Luther has a power, or whether he just ate more protein than his siblings. Despite a few impressive feats dotted sparsely throughout The Umbrella Academy's three seasons, Luther makes minimal contributions during fight scenes, and gets damaged with surprising regularity for someone allegedly so durable.


Deeply dubious powers aside, Luther (in The Umbrella Academy season 1, at least) is a spectacularly useless leader. Losing touch with his siblings was poor form on Number One's part, but locking Viktor away after he hurt Allison wasn't just cruel, it backfired spectacularly when Number Seven transformed into the vengeful White Violin and broke free. A kinder approach from Luther might've averted the apocalypse. The Umbrella Academy seasons 2 & 3 redeem Luther's character (even if his powers remain hit-and-miss), but his growth was still a long time coming.

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The Umbrella Academy season 3 secretly blames Luther's woes on a Number One curse. The Sparrow timeline introduces Marcus Hargreeves (Justin Cornwell) who is, by all accounts, physically stronger than Luther and a better leader. Despite his outward superiority, however, Marcus proves he's every bit as useless as his Number One counterpart by being the first Sparrow to die in The Umbrella Academy season 3. It's a lackluster death too. Why would anyone - let alone the leader of the Sparrow Academy - touch a glowing ball of cosmic fire with their bare hand? A rookie error. Cementing The Umbrella Academy's Number One curse completely, Luther gets a rather avoidable death of his own by falling for Sir Reginald's uncharacteristic kindness act. The Umbrella Academy season 3 is a poor showing for Number Ones, all things considered.

The Umbrella Academy Season 3 Revealed Luther's Weaknesses

Luther Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy Season 3

The Umbrella Academy season 3 exposes Luther's weaknesses in two major ways - starting with Marcus. Fairly useless though he may be, Marcus possesses the exact same super-strength ability as Luther. There's no obvious reason these Number Ones shouldn't be evenly matched, and yet Luther gets absolutely trounced when they battle in Hargreeves Mansion. Luther's defeat ruthlessly highlights his embarrassing dearth of training and in-field experience. Curiously, Marcus commands far more respect than Luther too. The Sparrow Academy is rife with strong personalities, some of whom (ahem, Ben) brazenly do their own thing. And yet they all still look towards Marcus for leadership. The Sparrows constantly defer to Luther as a representative of the Umbrella Academy, and every single time he looks baffled by the assumption his rank actually means something in this timeline.

The Umbrella Academy's trip to a parallel universe also proves how, despite finding love with Sloane, Luther still measures his worth through others' validation. When Sparrow Ben offers Luther a spot on their team, he's too hypnotized by the fancy suit to consider the possibility of a trick, not to mention how the news might upset his siblings. Luther's desperation for identity ultimately leads to his demise, as Sir Reginald dupes him into the ol' hug-stab maneuver. Had the Umbrella leader stopped to think, he'd have realized that the man who deliberately picked a completely different group of heroes after meeting his original team in 1963 probably wouldn't be hugging him out of love...