A bit of background may be in order. Masters of the Universe: Revelation is not a restart of the beloved Mattel IP, but rather a continuation of it. To make the franchise feel more sensitive, the show shows some bold storytelling fluctuations. In the first episode of the series, both He-Man (Chris Wood) and his arch-enemy Skeletor (Mark Hamill) are killed, leaving Eternia magical. With He-Man absent (except for some flashbacks), the character of Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar) enters the main character’s void.
Though Masters of the Universe: Revelation was designed to please fans of the franchise, some of these fans took to social media to express their dissatisfaction with the sideline of He-Man in favor of Teela. If all this sounds to you like a fairly predictable cycle of internet outrage, you would be right. In fact, it’s so predictable that while Smith’s interview with Variety came before the series even premiered, he was able to respond in advance to the likely fan complaints.
In addition to preventing rejection of complaints about excessive wokeness, Smith also addressed the concerns MOTU: Revelation‘s great storytelling gambit.
“I see people going online,” Hey man, they get rid of He-Man! “, He said. “Like, do you really think Mattel Television, who hired me and paid me money, will make a shit Masters of the Universe Show without He-Man? Wake the hell up, man. Like what blew me away, a bunch of people were like, ‘Oh, I smell it. This is a bait and switch. ‘”
Not one to chop words, Smith added that those who complain about the He-Man / Teela twist do not understand the point of Masters of the Universe.
“It has been interesting to see who really is a hardcore fan. Because someone who looks like, ‘Oh, man, there’s not enough He-Man’ or something like that, does not understand the show that we based it on. There were episodes where he lost the sword and he never became He-Man. It was not as if He-Man always saved the day. His friends helped him. That was the fucking point of the show. ”
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