Despite rave reviews from critics, Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation has angered some fans of the classic show.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for the first five episodes of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which is now streaming on Netflix.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Kevin Smith’s direct sequel to the classic ’80s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, debuted on Netflix to rave reviews from critics. However, not everyone seems to be enjoying this new version of He-Man. The show has angered some fans, who have taken to reviewing bombing the first part of the series. Most of the criticism seems to be centered on the lack of He-Man, despite the prevalence of the hero in marketing and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Teela being the focus of the show.
Revelation It begins with the classic He-Man villain Skeletor finally gaining access to Castle Grayskull and the orb that will empower him with all the magic in the universe. As always, He-Man and his allies arrive to save the day. However, during this confrontation, both He-Man and Skeletor are seemingly killed and the orb destroyed, erasing all magic in Eternia. Although He-Man appears in flashbacks throughout the first five episodes, most of Revelation follows Teela and her quest to restore magic to Eternia as she struggles with her feelings of pain and betrayal over not knowing that He-Man was also her best friend, Prince Adam.
Many fans screamed against the show that relegated He-Man to the sidelines to focus on Teela. Some have even accused Netflix and Kevin Smith of intentionally misrepresenting Revelation like a He-Man show when it really wasn’t. Most of the marketing surrounding the series focused on the muscular hero, who appears largely in trailers, promo art, and action figures, which certainly seemed to set the expectation that this would be a He-Man-centric show. . Although it seems that this approach It was mainly to avoid spoilers, many saw it as a “bait and switch” to avoid fan reactions for killing the hero and making Teela the new main character.
Other fans have attacked Revelation for “waking up” too much by focusing on one woman and featuring people of color heavily. The flames of this outrage were first fanned when the show was announced in 2019, with Smith revealing that Revelation I would mainly follow Teela instead of He-Man. Later, Smith announced King Grayskull, a key figure in MOTU mythology, it would be Black and a new Black character named Andra would also be introduced, further enraging this group of fans. The outrage that the show “woke up” seemed to subside as the marketing focused more on He-Man and Skeletor. However, when the first five episodes were posted online, many saw this as confirmation that their fears of the show being run by women were true.
Despite the setback, many others have praised Revelation. Although fondly remembered, the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe it was really nothing more than a way to sell toys, and the cast was predominantly white male characters. Critics and fans of the new show have praised the diverse, mature, and character-driven version of the classic property that managed to add depth to even the most hated. MOTU character and apparently set redemption arcs for various classic villains.
Showrunner Kevin Smith has defended the show, implying that the protests are not coming from the truth. MOTU fans and has stated that, like the classic show, Revelation focuses primarily on He-Man’s relationship with his allies. “I see people online saying, ‘Hey, they’re getting rid of He-Man!’ Do you really think that Mattel Television, who hired me and paid me money, wants to do a fucking ‘Masters of the Universe’ show without He-Man? ” Smith said in an interview. Despite the reduced role of He- Man, most of Revelation it still revolves around his relationship with the other characters and the impact his absence has had on them and the entire planet of Eternia. Given Smith’s comments and Episode 5’s suspenseful ending, it seems likely that He-Man will be around more in future episodes.
Netflix hasn’t announced a release date for Part 2 of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which is currently in production. Although the first five episodes have drawn criticism from some for having a female focus and “killing” He-Man, the hero returns in Episode 5, though he is once again in mortal danger thanks to the returning Skeletor. It remains to be seen if future episodes will address the criticism or if angry fans will come to the show once they see the full picture. Despite the reaction from fans, critics have responded positively to the new show, as well as some fans, both old and new.
Produced by Kevin Smith, the first five episodes of Masters of the Universe: Revelation are now available on Netflix.
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