“The Umbrella Academy”, the Netflix series that just released its third season on the platform, introduced a new character: Viktor Hargreeves, played by Elliot Page, who in the previous two seasons was Vanya Hargreeves, one of seven adoptive siblings. Months before the premiere, the actor had already announced his character, which would reflect his reality as a transgender person, leaving behind his old role in history.
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Anticipating the premiere of the series, Elliot Page talked about his character Viktor, explaining how showrunner Steve Blackman was looking forward to working with him to incorporate his own transition into his character’s journey in the new season.
“When we first spoke, he seemed very excited to incorporate [mi transición] to the show and then the amazing writer, journalist and author Thomas Page McBee, who I met doing a mini-series called ‘Tales of the City,’ wrote an extraordinary book. called ‘Amateur’, which I recommend everyone to read. He was the first trans man to box in Madison Square Garden and his book, and his work in general, was about masculinity and what it means and exploring that. So Thomas came on board and helped, and I’m proud and excited for people to see it.”the actor pointed out.
WHO VIKTOR IN “THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY”?
Initially believed to be the only member of The Umbrella Academy without abilities; nevertheless, Victor Hargreeves revealed himself to be the most powerful and dangerous of all. However, the series did not make it clear what his true powers are or how exactly they work.
Towards the end of season 1 of “The Umbrella Academy” that, because Viktor’s powers are tied to his emotional state, Reginald Hargreeves couldn’t control his supernatural strength and decided to keep him heavily medicated and have Allison “rumor about him.” ” to make him believe it was normal.
The truth remained hidden until Umbrella Academy superfan Harold Jenkins (John Magaro) discovered what had happened and took it upon himself to unlock Viktor’s memories and power. In Season 2, he demonstrates much better control of his powers, which is likely due to his stabilized emotional state.
WHAT ARE VICTOR’S POWERS?
- Viktor’s powers allow him to manipulate sound waves at will, turning them into energy which he can then use in many ways, from telekinesis to flight.
- He can convert sound waves into bright white destructive energy and can create protective barriers strong enough to stop bullets.
- He has super hearing and can manipulate weather and matter in general, as seen when his clothes and eyes change color.
In “The Umbrella Academy” comics, Viktor channels his power through his instrument (even going so far as to adopt the name White Violin, which is referenced by his outfit in the season 1 finale), his character in the series of Netflix can use any sound.
HOW DID “THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY” TOUCH THE TRANSITION OF ELLIOT PAGE?
Viktor is exclusive to the television adaptation of “The Umbrella Academy”. The character that Elliot Page portrays is named Vanya in the comics, and she has the same names and pronouns in seasons 1 and 2 of the Netflix series. However, like the rest of his brothers, Number 7 has been modified for the small screen. In the comics, Vanya identifies with his assigned birth gender. Vanya is cisgender and does not question his gender identity or transition.
Meanwhile, number 7 in the series is trans. He identifies as male as of season 3. This is a fictionally exclusive detail reflecting the transition from Elliot Page that he made in 2020.
“The Umbrella Academy” he decided to take the best route for Page, his on-screen character, and the show itself: Vanya would canonically become Viktor. The character’s arcs have always focused on discovering his identity, whether as the only brother without powers in season 1 or waking up with no memories in 1963 during season 2. Although Viktor’s season 3 transition was a narrative decision initially driven by the actor, it makes a lot of sense and is thematically in keeping with the series and his version of Number 7.