Netflix released the first trailer for their upcoming animated series Masters of the Universe: Revelation.
Take a look.
The series is expected to pick up “where the iconic characters left off decades ago” according to Netflix.
The show’s executive producer Kevin Smith added that “narratively our show is set up as the next episode in the legacy ’80s animated series that aired from 1983-1985. This is a continuation of that story.”
An official description from the streaming service claims, “After a cataclysmic battle between He-Man and Skeletor, Eternia is fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull are scattered. And after decades of secrets tore them apart, it’s up to Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes, and solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to restore Eternia and prevent the end of the universe.”
Smith also stated, “We’re playing with the original mythology and characters, and revisiting and digging deeper into some of the unresolved storylines.”
He went on to explain the show’s visuals, “Visually we also made the conscious decision to lean into the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE line of toys for inspiration as well. Mattel owns this entire vast library of that artwork, so right away we wanted the show to open with classic pieces of that artwork.”
“Mattel has been committed to this look since they first started as a toy line in the ’80s, and now we’re leaning into it and honoring it,” he added.
Executive producer on the show and the Vice President of Content Creative at Mattel Television Rob David provided some details on the show’s first episode, “In our first episode, a cataclysmic battle between He-Man and Skeletor leaves Eternia fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull scattered throughout the land. Now it’s up to Teela to reunite the broken band of heroes and ultimately prevent the end of the universe.”
David also added, “And just as the fans of the original have matured, so too has the world of Eternia. Masters of the Universe: Revelation features deeper themes, characterizations and harrowing battles than ever before, designed for the adult audience.”
He further explained, “Fans will watch their favorite characters evolve over the course of the series. Prince Adam/He-Man, Teela, Evil-Lyn and even Orko will all be very different at the end than they are at the beginning as they battle it out for the fate of Eternia. Alliances will shift, destinies will be met, secrets will be revealed.”
As for the themes they plan on exploring in the show, David elaborated, “Masters of the Universe: Revelation explores many of the themes from the eighties which are still relevant today, including the meaning behind He-Man’s famous call: ‘I have the power!'”
“You wouldn’t know it to look at Prince Adam, but there’s something inside him, something truly strong and special, that – when unleashed – has the power to transform not just him, but the entire universe,” continued David.
He added, “And the real magic of Masters of the Universe is that this is true for each and every character in it, as well as for each and every one of us watching it. When we recognize the best version of ourselves, we ALL have the power!”
The show features the voice talents of Mark Hamill who voices Skeletor. He is joined by Lena Headey who voices Evil-Lyn.
Chris Wood voices both Prince Adam and He-Man. Sarah Michelle Gellar voices Teela.
Liam Cunningham takes on the role of Man-At-Arms, Stephen Root plays Cringer, Diedrich Bader is King Randor and Trpa Jaw, Griffin Newman voices Orko, Tiffany Smith plays Andra, and Henry Rollins Tri-Klops.
Alan Oppenheimer, who originally voiced Skeletor, is playing Moss Man, Susan Eisenberg is playing Sorceress, Alicia Silverstone is playing Queen Marlene, Justin Long is voicing Roboto, Jason Mewes plays Stinko, Phil LaMarr brings to life He-Ro, Tony Todd is Scare Glow, Cree Summer is Priestess, Kevin Michael Richardson is Beast Man, and Kevin Conroy is Mer-Man.
The show will be available to stream on Netflix beginning on Friday, July 23rd.
What did you make of the trailer? Do you plan on checking out the show?