Thank the powers of Grayskull; we only have a few more weeks until Netflix drops the first five episodes of the highly anticipated series Masters of the Universe: Revelation! This isn’t a remake or a reboot of the original series, but a sequel. One that promises to continue to expand on the world of Eternia and answers age-old questions that were left untouched in the original series. We recently got the chance to participate in roundtables with the cast and the show’s creator, Kevin Smith, about what we can expect from these series. His excitement is extremely contagious, so get ready to learn why this needs to be a must-watch for you and your family!
My childhood self is jumping for joy right now, knowing I got the chance to geek out with Smith about one of my favorite series. As a long-time fan of Smith and his work, I knew that he would handle this series with care and not give us something that would punch fun at the source material. We chatted for a short bit about what it was like for him to be a major part of bringing this story to life for old and new fans and how they shared their support in him taking a crack at creating new content for some of their most beloved characters.
People have said how they knew I would treat this world right based on comics I wrote and how I treated the characters right. I was glad that people had those comments. I assumed that when they hired me and made the annoucement there would be a lot of push back. People being like, ‘what him? he sucks!’ but mercifly there was very minimal amount of that. I feel like we met the task we were given and I feel like we might have even excelerated beyond the original manifest, which was like ‘make something for all the fan’s of the original show’. Which I feel we did absolutely. But, I think people who don’t even know He-Man could probably get into the show based on the way we structured the story.
I’m kind of counting on that because this was designed for parents to watch with their kids. Everyone who grew up watching this show – they’ve got kids now. And chances are if they are anything like me they are going to want to watch the things that they grew up with and loved with their kids. I take my kid to see all the Marvel movies and stuff because I’m like, ‘I’ve been reading these stories since I was kid man and this is like them reserving me my childhood. And let me tell you how important this is and stuff like that.’ It’s a kind of story telling that allows you to become a story teller yourself.
Generally speaking we consume media and it is given to us and we appreaciate it. When your an authority on something and know more than the person you are sitting down and watching it with, you actually get to be part of the storytelling. I discovered this when I watched WandaVision with my wife. She doesn’t care about Marvel movies, but I was watching it and since it was the pandemic she agreed she would watch anything with me. I didn’t just discover the true joy of watching WandaVision which was an amazing show in and of itself.
My true side joy with it was Jennifer (Schwalbach Smith) going ‘What’s happening?’ and me pausing and going ‘let me tell you what’s happening because I’ve seen every one of these movies and I read every comic book back in the day!’. I gave her hour long disertations just so she can undestand one throwaway comment. Suddenly you become part of the story telling. You didn’t have to spend any money for the budget, didn’t have to get all buff like Chris Hemsworth to tell the story, you were apart of the storytelling nonetheless. I want that for others. I want a bunch of 40 and 50 year olds turning to their kids and ‘oh you don’t understand when hes says that one line, thats the opening line to the old cartoon’ and stuff like that is meaningful.
It’s meaningful to me in my life as well and I hope it gets passed on. I told people that when my dad took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark as a kid I got to see a side of him I never knew. Until then he had always just been dad – dad in charge, dad pays the bill, stoic dad. I didn’t know who he was beyond that. When we went to see the film, I got to meet Don Smith not just my dad but the guy he was.
He loved that movie and talked through the whole thing and how this was the exact same movie he would go see as a kid. I got to see my father geek out and that was transformitive. Not just for me and my relationship with my dad but where I could see how he was just like me. I want people to have that moment with their kids as well. I learned a lot about my dad and what he enjoyed and what moved him and through that I learned about myself as well.
Hopefully it is entertaining on the surface and everyone can enjoy it. But we built in all of these little hooks. I always refer to it as the idea that we put a bunch of hooks in something and when people pick it up it’s really hard to put down. Once they get this one hook out, there are 60 more hooks. We built in all these emotional hooks and all these easter eggs. It was built in the way that someone who loves the MCU will understand. I said in the writers room that we should just do what they did. Take our favorite childhood stories and package it in a nifty way and give it back to us. Let’s honor these characters and never make fun of them.
If you ever had a moment where you thought Smith wasn’t 100% invested in Masters of the Universe: Revelation – I hope this clears that up. As a long-time fan of this series and others like this, I can understand the love of sharing that with a child or friend. Watching through the MCU and other franchises that I loved as a child was marvelous. But being able to share that with my son, nieces and nephews is always my favorite. Getting to explain why even the smallest things like an iconic catchphrase or even a character’s outfit that calls back to the early days. It’s an amazing experience and I hope everyone can enjoy it with this series.
Get ready to dive back into the nostalgia! Part one of Masters of the Universe: Revelation will feature five half-hour episodes releasing on July 23, 2021, on Netflix.
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