I don’t know if you watched the first half of Kevin Smith‘s Masters of the Universe: Revelation again, but fans aren’t happy with the way Smith handled the He-Man story arc. In fact, fans are outright outraged. The audience score on Rotten Tomatoes has a 33% splat rate.
If you haven’t watched the series yet, skip this article. But if you have or don’t care about spoilers, then by all means read ahead!
Prince Adam aka He-Man really didn’t have much screen time in the first five episodes. In the first episode, Prince Adam / He-Man and Skeletor appear to die, and then they don’t show up again until the final moments of episode four. We learn that Prince Adam / He-Man was alive and well in the Pantheon of Heroes in Preternia.
Well, soon after, at the end of episode five, Skeletor emerges from Evil-Lyn’s scepter and stabs Prince Adam in the back! From there, Skeletor harnesses the power of Greyskull.
As you can imagine, fans took to Twitter to unleash their hatred against Smith and what he did and how he treated Prince Adam / He-Man in the story. They are pissed off that Smith apparently killed He-Man. A complaint from Rotten Tomatoes reads: “Terrible and terribly disappointing. He-Man completely removed from his own show and we are forced to follow an angry, bitter, and fragile Teela and her girlfriend blundering and talking about feelings. It was a complete waste of time. “
Smith certainly didn’t expect that kind of reaction from fans, and in an interview with the New York Post, he said:
“It was kind of a tribute to every version of ‘Masters of the Universe’. So I was like, ‘When that comes out, the fans won’t give a damn!’ And I was half right. I’ve seen fans get mad at creators like Rian Johnson in “The Last Jedi” before. And before I started, I was like, “I’m not going to do this! And yet, here we are. So you never know.
“I didn’t go into this business to upset anyone. Periodically throughout my career I have done things that have made people miserable, [the 1999 film] ‘Dogma’ is the perfect example. This time, I think it’s superfans who have their idea of what they were going to see and I guess we didn’t, or they don’t seem to understand that the story isn’t over. . I am not a disruptor, I am not a provocateur. So, this is a bit confusing.
He went on to explain that he was confused by some of the accusations that he tried to ‘wake up’ the franchise by focusing on Teela:
“Teela was one of the first figures launched [and] she’s in every episode of the cartoon fighting right next door [He-Man]. So I didn’t bring anything to that where I’m like, “Dude, look at that shit awake!” Some of the shots make it look like people have never seen a movie or TV show in their lives. They seem to think we’ve done irreversible things to some of their favorite characters… We’re halfway through a story. There is so much He-Man in the next five episodes. Ours is a long story divided into chapters.
In a separate interview with Variety, Smith was a bit tougher on fans, telling them to ‘hang out’ and it was also revealed that He-Man isn’t dead:
“I see people online saying, ‘Hey man, they’re getting rid of He-Man!’ Like, do you really think Mattel Television, who hired me and paid me money, wants to do a fucking Masters of the Universe show without He-Man? like, ‘Oh, I feel it. It’s a bait and a switch. ‘ “
Chris Wood, who expresses He-Man shared the news about He-Man not being dead, saying:
“Adam is not dead; he is very hurt. If you want to set the whole world on fire, in terms of destroying a fandom, you’ve got to take out He-Man and say, “That’s it, he’s gone, bye! Now what they’ve done is they’ve found some really interesting ways to turn the dynamic of the series around and raise the stakes to a point the original never saw. “
So what can we expect from the second half of Masters of the Universe: Revelation? Creative Vice President of Mattel Television Rob David noted:
“Much of Part 2 is a world where Skeletor has power – then we can say, ‘Well, what made Adam special? What does it mean to have power? What made Adam the most worthy of being He-Man? ‘ I’ll tell you this: Adam’s story is not over and will never be over. I’m not saying what happens to him, but I’m just saying the story continues. “
So there is a plan for Prince Adam / He-Man, this comment makes it seem like He-Man will be largely absent from the second half of the series if Part 2 focuses on Skelator wielding the power of Greyskull. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens, as Smith also said, “There is so much He-Man in the next five episodes. “
In the meantime, the series is bombarded with criticism from fans looking to destroy it. As for me and what I think, I’m a huge fan of He-Man, and I admit I was disappointed with this first half of the series. I didn’t hate it and I’m not going to get rid of it. I’m just waiting to see how the rest of the story plays out because Smith and his creative team might end up doing something really cool. At least that’s what I hope.