Gerard Way Reveals My Chemical Romance’s Role in “The Umbrella Academy”

Gerard Way in concert with My Chemical Romance in London in 2014. Photo by Roger Goodgroves/Music Pics/REX/Shutterstock (4241111b)

My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way has revealed that some of the characters in The Umbrella Academy were inspired by members of My Chemical Romance.

If you are a My Chemical Romance fan then by now you have probably read, watched or at least seen a trailer for Gerard Way’s comic The Umbrella Academy, which has now been adapted by Netflix into a series. The series is not your typical superhero story and deals with pressing family issues, particularly when it comes to dysfunction.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gerard Way reveals that his experience being in My Chemical Romance helped shape the comics and its characters.

“Being in a band is like being in a dysfunctional family and all these personalities are really distinct and really big, not just the people in your band, but the people you meet on the road or the crew that you work with and all this stuff,” he explained.

“A band especially is a dysfunctional family, so there’s little bits of me in all the characters, there’s bits of some of the guys in some of those characters and the different roles that we would play in the band and how those roles would change sometimes.”

He added: “We were in a big pressure cooker of fame and notoriety and the characters experience that in the comic and the show.”

You can watch The Umbrella Academy on Netflix now.