All month long, IGN Premiere is spotlighting some of the biggest upcoming releases in entertainment. Today, we have an exclusive clip from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, the upcoming animated series from executive producer/showrunner Kevin Smith which debuts on Netflix on July 23.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation picks up where the iconic characters left off decades ago in the 1980s cartoon. As the show’s official synopsis explains: “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.”
In this IGN Premiere exclusive clip from the series’ third episode — which you can watch in the player above or via the embed below — Skeletor sends He-Man and his allies to what appears to be a watery grave but the heroes of Eternia can’t be stopped that easily!
The stellar voice cast includes Mark Hamill as Skeletor, Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn, Chris Wood as Prince Adam/He-Man, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela, Liam Cunningham as Man-At-Arms, Stephen Root as Cringer, Diedrich Bader as King Randor/Trap Jaw, Griffin Newman as Orko, Tiffany Smith as Andra, Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops, Alan Oppenheimer (the original Skeletor) as Moss Man, Susan Eisenberg as Sorceress, Alicia Silverstone as Queen Marlena, Justin Long as Roboto, Jason Mewes as Stinkor, Phil LaMarr as He-Ro, Tony Todd as Scare Glow, Cree Summer as Priestess, Kevin Michael Richardson as Beast Man, and Kevin Conroy as Mer-Man.
For showrunner Kevin Smith, who watched the original animated series growing up, it was all about treating the characters and source material with respect and seriousness as the franchise’s fans would demand, as well as providing real stakes for the characters. “Rather than a reinvention of the epic struggle between the forces of Castle Grayskull and Snake Mountain, Masters of the Universe: Revelation is a *continuation* of that story,” Smith said in a press statement.
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“But what happens when the biggest blow comes in the way of deception – when even the legendary Sword of Power can’t cut through a web of lies, a broken heart, and a lack of trust? What happens when a family is broken not by battle, but by dishonesty? And what happens when our heroes let us down? These were the themes we layered on top of the already rich history of He-Man to tell our tale.”
Smith has also said that one need not be a fan of the original show to get into Masters of the Universe: Revelation. “Even if you’ve never watched a single episode of the show or don’t know this universe at all, you can jump right into the story,” Smith said. “It’s a really classic, universal action-adventure epic about growth, discovery, magic, and power. This series explores destiny in a fresh way. There’s a lot of reconciling with secrets, betrayal, trust, acceptance, love, and ultimately, loss.”
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Masters of the Universe: Revelation premieres exclusively on Netflix on July 23.