11 Facts About Netflix’s Controversial Masters Of The Universe: Revelation

Us 80s kids tend to be a friendly, understanding bunch, but if you mess with one of our beloved childhood memories then there’s a good chance you will incur the full power of our wrath. There was a generally positive reaction when Netflix announced they were going to resurrect one of our favourite retro cartoon characters in Masters of the Universe: Revelation, but after watching the first of the show’s five initial episodes, thousands of die-hard He-Man fans took to social media in outrage. Below are 11 facts about what is possibly the most controversial 80s revival ever to hit our TV screens. And please be warned, this article does contain spoilers!


11. It’s a direct continuation of the classic 1980s series

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation is a direct continuation of the classic 130-episode He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon that originally aired between 1983 and 1985.

Its creator Kevin Smith has confirmed that the new show was written as if it were the next episode of the original series, and completely ignores He-Man’s underwhelming 1990 follow up The New Adventures of He-Man.

10. Some well-known actors provide the characters’ voices

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation features some impressive vocal talent, including Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill, who provides the voice of He-Man’s arch-nemesis Skeletor.

Other well known voices include Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, and Clueless and Batman & Robin star Alicia Silverstone as Queen Marlena.

9. Skeletor’s original voice actor can also be heard in the show

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Alan Oppenheimer, who voiced Skeletor in the original series in addition to Cringer/Battle Cat, Man-At-Arms and Mer-Man, also has a role in the new Netflix show.

Oppenheimer provides the voice of Moss-Man, who has just a small part to play in the opening episode of Revelation.

8. A number of retro He-Man toys make their animated debut

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A number of He-Man characters were released as toys during the 1980s but failed to make it into the animated series, something that Masters of the Universe: Revelation sets to rectify.

Blast-Attak, Scare Glow and Clamp Champ all make their animated debuts, as do dinosaurs Bionatops and Turbodactyls and the robot horse Night Stalker.

7. He-Man and Skeletor’s nipples can be seen for the very first time

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He-Man and Skeletor’s previously invisible nipples are on display for the very first time during Masters of the Universe: Revelation.

Female characters such as Teela, the Sorceress and Evil-Lyn have been re-designed with far more modest outfits, however.

6. Critics were kind but fans were outraged

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Critics were kind to Masters of the Universe: Revelation, with RogerEbert.com writing that ‘Smith and his team have threaded the needle that so many reboots fail to, making a show that feels both lovingly consistent with the source and fresh at the same time.’

Hundreds of viewers were outraged however, with a 72 average critic score on Metacritic displayed alongside a 1.8 (out of 10) average from users, who expressed their disgust with comments such as “another day, another terrible Netflix adaptation that takes a giant dump all over the original material.”

5. The second part of the series is due by the end of the year

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation has been split into two parts, with the second batch of five episodes still to be released by Netflix.

It was assumed by many that the concluding half of the series was not yet complete, but Kevin Smith recently revealed that he’s “seen part 2,” and recent reports have suggested that Netflix are likely to drop the conclusion before the end of 2021.

4. Kevin Smith has reassured fans that He-Man will return

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One of the main reasons that He-Man fans balked at this new version of the show was Kevin Smith’s decision to kill off the supposedly strongest man in the universe in the opening episode.

But Smith seemed to reassure viewers that it’s not the end for Prince Adam’s alter ego, telling Entertainment Weekly “as much as one can break a toy, you can also put it back together, perhaps in a more interesting way… If you’re sitting there going, “They killed He-Man!” don’t worry…he’ll come back.”

3. There may be a He-Man and She-Ra crossover episode

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He-Man and She-Ra famously shared screen time in 1985’s He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special, and this is something that may also happen with the modern day iterations of the characters.

Noelle Stevenson, who created the well-received She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (which ran for five seasons between 2018 and 2020), has revealed that she would be interested in seeing a brand new Christmas special featuring the powerful siblings.

2. There is a tie-in comic book series

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In July 2021, the first issue of a Masters of the Universe: Revelation comic book series was released both digitally and into shops.

The four-issue series, which is being created by renowned comic publisher Dark Horse Comics, acts as a prequel to the Netflix series.

1. It’s not the only new He-Man series on Netflix

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In addition to Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Netflix has also released another brand new He-Man show titled He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

Aimed at a younger audience than Revelation, the ten-episode He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series was animated in Taiwan.