Our first look at Kevin Smith’s He-Man revival is here: Today Netflix debuted the first trailer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which will hit the streaming service on July 23.
in contrast to She-Ra and the princesses of power, which was also streamed on Netflix, the new He-Man series is not a reboot of the classic cartoon. Instead, it’s a continuation, starting right after the original show ended in 1985, with the excellent addition of Mark Hamill as Skeletor.
Here’s how Smith, who serves as showrunner, describes it:
Narratively, our show is set up as the next installment in the old 80s animated series that aired from 1983-1985. This is a sequel to that story. We play with the original mythology and characters, visiting and digging deeper into some of the unresolved storylines.
Visually we have also consciously chosen to be against the Masters of the Universe line of toys for inspiration as well. Mattel owns this whole huge library of that artwork, so we immediately wanted the show to open with classic pieces of that artwork. Mattel has been committed to this look since they first started as a toy line in the ’80s, and now we’re leaning on it and honoring it.
The news was announced as part of Netflix’s first week-long Geeked event.