First look at Kevin Smith’s “Masters of the Universe: Retaliation!!”

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After a more than a year since it was announced in 2019, Netflix and Mattel Animation have released the first images of the upcoming “Masters of the Universe: Retaliation” series. Many fans have been wondering what Kevin Smith, who is directing the series, will do with the beloved characters. The show is intended to be a sequel to the original 1983 animated series, picking up where that series left off. The first episode revolves around a life-changing battle between He-Man (voiced by Chris Wood) and his lifelong nemesis Skeletor (Mark Hamill), after which the planet of Eternia is left broken and He-Man’s compatriots fractured and estranged. He-Man’s compatriot Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar) — who undergoes the most dramatic visual update on the series — is tasked with reuniting her old friends in order to save Eternia and the universe.

Netflix has 10 episodes planned that will be divided into two parts. Part One is scheduled to premiere July 23, 2021. Kevin Smith is directing the series and it is animated by Powerhouse Animation Studios, who also worked on Netflix’s Castlevania series.

In a CG animated still from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Prince Adam, a young light-skinned male with light-colored eyes and blonde hair, stands encircled in a multi-colored fog, silver sword raised with his right arm. He wears a white long sleeve tunic, a red vest and a brown belt with a golden belt buckle cinching his waist.

Unlike the original 1980’s series which was aimed a younger audience, Master of the Universe: Retaliation will be more adult oriented. Kevin Smith drew inspiration for the characters designs from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe toyline. From what the images show, there may even be some inspiration taken from the 2002 reboot series. Opinions are already be formulated about the images, calling out how the new character designs differ from their original designs. Honestly, I see no issue with the new looks. Clearly, the original character designs would appear outdated and so they had to be given a new image. If anything, Powerhouse Animation took what was already there in regards to the characters and enhanced it, making them feel familiar yet fresh. Like other fans, I cannot wait to see who Kevin Smith’s vision turns out. Take a look at the images for yourselves and tell us what you think.

In a CG animated still from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Teela, a light-skinned female with short auburn hair and light-colored eyes, lunges forward while holding her golden-hilted sword. She wears white and gold armor, a golden head piece with a red jewel in the center and brown boots with white fur trim. A wooden bridge reflects light at its base as it stretches between the trees in the forest visible behind her.
In a CG animated still from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, He-Man (right) stands behind Sorceress (left) in a stone room lit only by the light coming from SorceressesÕ hands. Sorceress has her palms outstretched in front of her and wears a white dress, a falcon-like hood over head and orange and blue wings. He-Man wears a silver chest plate with a red “H” in the center, a golden armored belt and wrist plates.
In a CG animated still from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, He-Man wears a silver chest plate with a red “H” in the center, a golden armored belt and golden wrist plates. He raises his silver sword atop Battle Cat, a green tiger with orange stripes and maroon armor on his hind legs. The two are in the center of a throne room.
In a CG animated close-up still from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Beast Man, a large male figure with pointed ears, maroon fur, a long red beard, pink and blue face paint and horns on his head and back. He looks straight ahead and bares his teeth in a growl.
In a CG animated still from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Skeletor (left), who wears a purple cloak and hood over his skull, grips his spear in a battle against He-Man (right), a strong shirtless blonde male with a golden armored belt and wrist plates holding a silver sword. The two are standing face to face in a forest with bright foliage.
In a CG animated still from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Moss Man leans down and is surrounded by bright foliage of the forest. He is made up of moss, grass, vines and branches in various shades of green.
In a CG animated still from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Skeletor, who wears a purple cloak and hood over his skull, stands in a forest with bright foliage as he grips his spear as purple electricity sparks around him.
In a CG animated still from Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Orko, Andra, Teela, Roboto and Evil-Lyn stand in a line looking off to their left, serious expressions on their faces. Orko floats mid-air, blue arms and ears visible with face shadowed beneath a red hat and purple scarf. Andra, a dark-skinned female, wears a brown and green military style uniform, hair pulled back. Teela, a light-skinned female with short auburn hair, wears a white top with a brown chest plate and harness. Roboto, a gray robot with a red mouth piece, wears a green cloak. Evil-Lyn, a light-skinned female, wears a blue and silver headpiece with a skull in the center and a blue and brown military style uniform, crystal-orb wand in her right hand at her side. A blue sky and icy landscape are visible behind them.