Umbrella Academy Season 3 brings a MAJOR change to Hotel Oblivion
Full spoilers for The Umbrella Academy season 3, you have been warned! Readers of The Umbrella Academy comic book series were probably surprised to watch the most recent season and see a “Hotel Obsidian” frequently throughout new episodes. While the name certainly sounds like Hotel Oblivion from the source material, and Hotel Oblivion makes an appearance, and while there are some similarities, there are also some stark differences. It’s not until the end of the new season that it’s revealed how different this version of Hotel Oblivion that appears in the TV series is from its counterpart in the comics.
In The Umbrella Academy TV series, it is revealed that the Obsidian Hotel was built by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, after realizing that a portal existed there to the Oblivion Hotel on the other side. In Hargreeves tradition, it was a foil, something to conceal his true intentions. On the other side of the portal, Hotel Oblivion was a machine sitting in another dimension. As Hargreeves himself revealed in the finale, it was created by “the one who created the universe”, and was made as the Break Glass In Case of Emergency storyline, which would reset the universe. if necessary.
With the third season featuring the devastating effects of the kugelblitz, the black hole that ate reality as a result of the Grandfather Paradox at play in this new universe. Later, after entering the hotel and defeating its “guardians”, giant samurai who appear to be made of cockroaches, Hargreeves uses the hotel’s machine to try to reset the universe. Power the machine? The Umbrella Academy and the remaining Sparrows, with Hargreeves noting that “the particles inside their bodies are the only things that power the machine”, the particles he is referring to being the ones that apparently gave birth to them and made them given their powers.
Within the pages of The Umbrella Academy comic book series, Hotel Oblivion is very different. For the comics, the building is a creation of Sir Reginald Hargreeves but it’s not a place with tall samurai-like guardians or even a machine to reset the universe, at least that we know. Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá’s comic book series uses Hotel Oblivion as a prison, home to all the enemies The Umbrella Academy has faced over the years, or so it appears to be a prison.
Throughout Volume 3 of the comic book series, villains who appear in Hotel Oblivion, ranging from characters like Dr. Terminal, Perseus IX, The Murder Magician, and Obscura (none of whom appeared in the TV series ), plan an elaborate escape. beyond their limits. This coincides with a number of other characters and plot threads that culminate in the hotel being emptied and the Umbrellas reuniting. There’s also a major twist with the hotel that hasn’t been fully explored in the pages of the comic book series. At some point, it becomes clear that the hotel was not just a prison for the bad guys, but a decoy and tarp, meant to trap an unseen monster from deep within the universe.
There’s no mention of this plan for Hotel Oblivion or this giant intergalactic monster in the new season of The Umbrella Academy TV series, but that doesn’t completely mean it’s never going to happen. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá confirmed when the first season was released that they provided insight to series creator Steve Blackman and the writers on where the comic is headed, which means the series knows where to crash. seeds for the future and where they can disclose.
Maybe the TV series will return to Hotel Oblivion, it’s unclear, but the new season of the show reveals a whole new world, one where the Umbrellas have no power and Sir Reginald Hargreeves has remade the world in its own image. Something that also seems like a departure from the source material.