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Superhero life is always busy when it comes to the Hargreeves siblings. The superpowered members of The Umbrella Academy have prevented Doomsday twice now in the show on Netflix, but it turns out reversing the apocalypse is an ongoing event.

Season 3 was no less eventful for the dysfunctional family, throwing out obstacles in the form of the rival Sparrow Academy, a universe-destroying black hole and vicious warriors known as the Guardians. Did the Hargreeves all make it out in one piece? Did they save the universe or just make it worse? Here’s our explanation of what happened, along with our lingering questions.

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(L to R) Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves, Cazzie David as Jayme, Jake Epstein as Alphonso, Justin Cornwell as Marcus, Britne Oldford as Fei, Genesis Rodriguez as Sloane in episode 301 of The Umbrella Academy

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What’s the Kugelblitz (and how do you spell it)?

Episode 5 is where you’ll find the full explanation of this season’s equivalent of a big bad (not counting the initial antagonism from the Sparrow Academy and the trio of Guardians at the end). In a nutshell, the Kugelblitz — what looks like an orange ball of energy — randomly collapses matter across time and space until all existence turns black. This black hole is the universe’s response to a Grandfather Paradox created by Harlan, Sissy’s superpowered son.

In season 2, Viktor met Sissy in Dallas, 1963, and the pair fell in love. While saving Harlan from drowning, Viktor accidentally imparted some of his powers to him. In the season 2 finale, Viktor believed he’d saved Harlan from exploding by absorbing his powers, but an altered Harlan retained them for the rest of his life.

On Oct. 1, 1989, Sissy died of cancer, the same day the Hargreeves siblings were all inexplicably born. Harlan’s grief connected him with Viktor, whom he’d always wished would return to them. This connection caused Harlan to release an energy burst that found the closest association with Viktor at the time: his mother. Harlan accidentally killed her, along with the mothers of the other Hargreeves siblings. This resulted in a Grandfather Paradox — in this altered timeline, the siblings were never born. When they jump forward in time from the ’60s, they land in an altered 2019, where their pasts have been erased and the Sparrow Academy is the main superhero show in town.

Luther and Klaus are sacrificed (but that won’t keep them down)

Oh, father Reginald. You seemed to have changed your ways, but nope! The adoptive father of the Hargreeves (and the Sparrows) gave Klaus hope that he would treat the siblings with more love and care. He literally revealed a new layer in season 2: Underneath that austere exterior lies a lizardlike blue alien.

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(L to R) Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves, David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves, Robert Sheehan as Klaus Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy.

Allison, Diego and Klaus.


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In the penultimate episode of season 3, we see that this alien possesses a sharp-as-a-blade arm, which he uses to stab Luther to death. This is part of a tactic he’s used before to bring the siblings together. Then, as the Kugelblitz swarms Hotel Obsidian (later revealed to be Hotel Oblivion), he sacrifices Klaus, closing the door on him as the remaining seven siblings escape. So much for changing his ways: The cold-hearted Reginald cares only about the correct number of siblings he needs to reset the universe.

Thankfully, after some persuasion, Klaus returns from the after life to rescue the siblings in battle with the Guardians, using his powers to briefly summon Luther at the ideal save-the-day moment.

Lila is pregnant — for real this time

When Lila drops Stanley onto Diego’s doorstep, we see Diego grow and eventually embrace looking after his newfound son. Only later does Lila reveal that Stanley isn’t in fact his son, but her mate Trudy’s (unfortunately, Stan ends up Kugelblitzed). She “borrowed” him to test Diego on whether he’d be up for the job of looking after his real son. That’s right — Lila is currently pregnant with Diego’s unborn son, who they can save only if they defeat the Guardians and reset the universe.

Colm Feore as Reginald Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy.

Reginald Hargreeves never fails to exploit his adoptive children.


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Allison goes rogue for once

Allison’s arc this season saw her lose patience with being the nice one all the time, especially after the racial discrimination she suffered during the 1960s American civil rights movement. After losing her husband Raymond Chestnut in the past, she discovers her daughter Claire no longer exists in the altered present. Fed up with the hand she’s been dealt, she leans into the full extent of her powers, finding (with an assist from Harlan’s residual energy) that she can influence people without having to say, “I heard a rumor…”

She takes another step out of character by striking a deal with Reginald to do whatever it takes to bring Claire (and potentially Raymond) back. Mainly, this involves attempting to persuade the other siblings to fight the dangerous Guardians and reset the universe.

The seven bells to reset the universe

This time, to save the world, all it takes is for one of the siblings to hit a literal reset button. In the lobby of Hotel Obsidian — later revealed to be Hotel Oblivion, a giant machine built by whoever created the universe in the first place — seven stars can be seen across the floor. The seven remaining siblings, aside from Allison, stand on these sigils or bells, which use the particles inside their bodies as fuel. Meanwhile, Reginald appears to change the settings of the machine, which might explain why the universe doesn’t reset to the expected norm. To stop the siblings from being drained to death, Allison kills Reginald, then decides to press the big red reset button anyway.

What the hell happened to everyone?

With the universe back to “normal,” Allison gets exactly what she wanted: Claire and, inexplicably, Raymond. Is he just a figment of her imagination? She interacted with him while under high stress before. Or has he actually traveled to 2019 from 1963?

Luther returns, but he’s not the same either — he’s no longer part ape. None of the siblings have their powers anymore. One thing that doesn’t change: Ben is still the Sparrows’ asshole version. Luther desperately runs off to find his love Sloane, who could still potentially exist out in the reset world somewhere, just not as part of the Sparrow Academy. The rest of the siblings go their separate ways.

Reginald also gets what he wanted. He appears to own every high-rise building in the city, all brandishing the Hargreeves name. In a Tony Stark-like tower, marked by huge “H E” letters (or “H” and three horizontal lines floating parallel over one another), old Reg overlooks the city with the same ethereal woman revealed to be living on the moon at the same time Luther was. Reginald told Luther his mission there had a purpose, to “guard the most precious thing in the universe.” The way Reggie and the woman look lovingly at each other suggests they’re an item.

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Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves in episode 301 of The Umbrella Academy.

The man who shall be known as Asshole Ben.


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That midcredits scene

Season 3 isn’t done with teases for the future — in a midcredits scene, we jump over to South Korea, the camera snaking through a train until a familiar face appears. Another Ben! This one looks super suave, wearing a trim suit and reading a book as he travels to Yeouido Station in Seoul. So in this reset universe, not one, but two Bens exist.

What a jam-packed season, with plenty of cliffhangers to propel us into the next. (There are rumors that season 4 has already gotten the green-light.) If you’re keen to keep rooted in land of The Umbrella Academy, here’s our mostly positive review of season 3 and a big list of sci-fi TV shows to fill the void between seasons.

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Cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in a bid to protect its US assets from creditors in the country, as reported earlier by Bloomberg and CNBC. Representatives for the Singapore-based company made the filing in a Southern District New York court on Friday, which legally protects the US assets of insolvent foreign debtors from creditors in the US.

Founded in 2012 by Kyle Davis and Su Zhu, 3AC managed about $10 billion in assets as recently as March, later sinking to $3 billion in April. Like several other crypto firms, including the lending giants Celcius and Babel Finance, 3AC’s turn in fortunes is part of the so-called crypto “winter” that’s brought down stablecoins and sent Bitcoin’s value plunging.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that 3AC failed to pay a $670 million loan provided by crypto broker Voyager Digital, which has since halted all trades, deposits, and withdrawals as a result. Sky News later reported that a court in the British Virgin Islands has ordered 3AC’s liquidation and that the firm is reportedly working with business consulting company Teneo to oversee the process.

In May, Davies and Zhu admitted in an interview with the WSJ that the company lost out on a $200 million investment following the crash of Luna and its sister coin TerraUSD. At the time, the two remained optimistic about the prospects of crypto, telling the WSJ that they’ve “always been crypto believers” and “still are.”

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which became available to stream on Disney Plus last month after landing in theaters in May, sends the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s charmingly grumpy sorcerer on an adventure that spans multiple realities. The 28th MCU movie brings director Sam Raimi back to Marvel for the first time since 2007’s Spider-Man 3 and leans hard into his signature horror style, with one of the two post-credits scenes riffing on a moment from early in his career.

The movie takes place after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which saw Strange offering Peter Parker some magical help as the teen dealt with the entire world knowing his secret identity.

Let’s step into a portal and explore a universe full of SPOILERS. We also have a separate ending explainer, a deep dive into the Illuminati and a list of WTF questions the movie left us with.

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Another sorcerer

In a mid-credits scene, Strange is happily strolling through Manhattan’s streets, having seemingly accepted the corruption caused by his use of the Darkhold. He’s intercepted by a blonde sorcerer in a purple and pink costume (Charlize Theron). She opens a portal to the Dark Dimension, the hellish reality ruled by 2016 Doctor Strange big bad Dormammu.

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Charlize Theron makes her MCU debut as Clea.


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“You created an incursion and we’re gonna fix it… unless you’re afraid?” she says.

“Not in the least,” he responds, his Darkhold-induced third eye opening.

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Clea has been among Doctor Strange’s most reliable allies in the comics.


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What does it mean?

She isn’t named until the credits start rolling after this scene, but Theron’s character is Clea — a Dark Dimension magic wielder who’s been in the comics since the ’60s.

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She’s the daughter of Dormammu’s sister Umar and Dark Dimension Prince Orini, and became fascinated by Strange during one of his early adventures in that reality. Their paths have crossed many times in the years since, with Clea becoming Strange’s student and later his wife.

Following the events of 2021’s Death of Doctor Strange miniseries (you can imagine the premise), Clea replaced Strange as Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. Stephen will undoubtedly be resurrected and return to the role soon though, since status quo shifts like this seldom last long in the comics.

You might have been too busy reeling or screaming with joy when Reed Richards (John Krasinski) explained what incursions were earlier in the movie, but they’re catastrophic events that occur when a multiversal reality crashes into another. In the comics, this happened in 2015 event Secret Wars.

It’s unclear how Strange caused an incursion — he jumped through a whole bunch of realities in Multiverse of Madness — or what this means for the MCU, but it could see elements from a different cinematic universe crossing into this one.

Such a crossover already created a dangerous scenario (filled with delightful cameos) in No Way Home, so it’s possible we’ll see characters from Fox’s X-Men reality next. The presence of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) may have been foreshadowing this.

Or maybe that’s just more wishful thinking.

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Bruce Campbell’s cameo pays homage to his iconic Evil Dead character Ash Williams.


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Poppa Pizza returns

In an alternate reality’s Manhattan, rude street vendor Pizza Poppa (Bruce Campbell) earlier accused America Chavez of stealing his precious dough balls. Strange hit the poor guy with a spell to get him off their backs, and they left him to be attacked by his own hand.

The post-credits scene brings us back to Pizza Poppa just as his meat hook’s campaign of violence ends.

“It’s over!” he says joyously.

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What does it mean?

This scene is unlikely to have any MCU-scattering implications, since it’s more of an homage to Campbell and Raimi’s relationship. The pair have been friends since high school, and the actor played hero Ash Williams in Raimi’s 1981 breakout feature The Evil Dead. In that movie’s 1987 sequel, Ash’s hand is bitten by one of the undead, becomes possessed and tries to kill him.

Unlike Pizza Poppa, he tries to solve the problem by severing his hand and replacing it with a chainsaw (which is extremely metal). His former hand stalks him for the rest of the movie.

Campbell also shows up in Raimi’s non-MCU Spider-Man trilogy, seemingly playing three different characters. He was a wrestling announcer in the first movie, a snooty usher in the sequel and a French maître d’ in the third. If the scrapped Spider-Man 4 had come to fruition, the actor could have played Mysterio, Raimi confirmed to Rolling Stone.


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In a nutshell: Intel’s accelerated computing group has started shipping its second-gen Blockscale ASIC for SHA-256 cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The launch is months ahead of schedule, but still too late to capitalize on the most recent cryptocurrency craze.

Intel announced that it was developing Blockscale ASICs in January when Bitcoin was worth twice as much as it is now and hardware was desperately in demand. Its second-gen is arriving after the market has satiated its need, which is usually when Intel starts shipping its hardware (I’m looking at you, Arc GPUs).

Despite that, the Blockscale ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) is a great chip. It measures 7 mm by 7.5 mm and consumes just 4.8-22.7W but hashes Bitcoin at up to 580 GH/s (gigahash per second). It’s only capable of SHA-256 proof-of-work calculations, though.

Raja Koduri, executive VP and general manager of the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) Group for Intel, tweeted the news at the end of last week…

Koduri seems to have forgotten about the first-gen Blockscale ASIC that was announced in February. Intel did say at the time that a second-gen model was in-development and then it announced it just two months later, so perhaps the first version doesn’t qualify as a fully-fledged product in Koduri’s eyes.

In any case, the second-gen model is much better than the first. It consumes just 26 J/TH (Jules per terahash) while its predecessor consumed 90 J/TH. It’s also more competitive with offerings from other companies. Intel’s system with 256 ASICs can hash at a rate of 148 TH/s with the consumption of 3,850 W, about on par with Bitmain’s S19 Pro at 110 TH/s and 3,250 W. Both systems cost between $5,000 and $6,000.

Koduri tagged GRIID Infrastructure, Hive Blockchain Technologies, and Argo Blockchain in his tweet, three companies that mine cryptocurrencies using renewable power sources. Intel markets the Blockscale ASIC as an environmentally-friendly product and it’s good to see it standing by those principles by partnering with like-minded companies.

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