Why Masters Of The Universe Will Blow You Away

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  • Published: 19 August 2019
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    He-Man's first foray into theaters in 1987 didn't exactly go as planned, but the once-mighty TV and toy phenomenon is finally poised to get the reboot treatment. Even though the first movie was a flop, the new Masters of the Universe is far more likely to blow you away. Here's why.

    To say that the 1987 film Masters of the Universe was a bit of a disappointment would be a massive understatement. The movie starred Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, Frank Langella as the villainous Skeletor, and a young Courteney Cox as a newly introduced Earthling character named Julia Winston. Cox's character, in a way, embodied many fans' major problems with the film. There wasn't anything wrong with the future Friends star's performance, per se, but her having such a key role in the film left fans hugely frustrated — for two reasons.

    First, Julia is from Earth — which is also where most of the film takes place. By contrast, the cartoon and comics were based on the planet Eternia, a fantastical land that combined elements of sword and sorcery with science fiction. By taking He-Man out of that familiar setting and transporting him to Earth, the movie was forced to tell a fish-out-of-water story that prevented fans from getting to experience He-Man in his element. Secondly, Julia Winston never appeared in the cartoon, the comics, or the toy line. She was a character created solely for the film, and she wasn't the only one. Despite having dozens of well-liked and fascinating characters at their disposal, the filmmakers chose to forego them all in favor of their own like keyboard-playing Kevin.

    The creative team behind the new Masters of the Universe surely know just what went wrong with the original, and there's no way they're going to repeat the mistakes of the past. Sorry, Kevin.

    It may be 2019, but these days you'd be forgiven for thinking it was actually 1989. Everywhere you look in pop culture, the decade of big hair, neon clothing, and Reaganomics seems to be taking over. Just look at what's on TV these days: Modern reboots of classic '80s series MacGyver and Magnum P.I. are both important blocks of CBS' primetime lineup, while ABC's comedy lineup is partly anchored by the '80s-set The Goldbergs and The Conners, a continuation of '80s hit Roseanne. On top of all that, Netflix has a Voltron reboot, the Full House follow-up Fuller House, '80s wrestling drama GLOW, and, of course, the massively popular Stranger Things, which even got Coca-Cola to bring back New Coke — one of the biggest product failures of all time — as a tie-in. Netflix also produces She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a reboot of He-Man's female-focused spinoff series, which debuted in 1985. Keep watching the video to see why Masters of the Universe will blow you away!

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    The long wait | 0:17
    Back to the '80s | 1:41
    Noah Centineo | 3:11
    Sci-fi & fantasy | 4:49
    He-Man and friends | 6:21
    New tech | 7:39
    Skeletor's promise | 8:57
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Comments • 1 265

  • Looper
    Looper   2 months back

    Who's your favorite Masters of the Universe character?

  • Joe Folz
    Joe Folz  1 hours back

    Can't have a muscular He man that would be toxic masculinity, fuck Hollywood.

    • Greatevermind
      Greatevermind  4 hours back

      Being an 80's kid I will be disappointed if the new He-man is not buffed to the gills. It's part of his transformation into He-man from prince Adam. A show of the power he now has. It's the same as Superman's or Batman's suit. It's not the same without it.

      • Chris Seng
        Chris Seng  10 hours back

        What happend to kellan lutz as heman?

        • REE ANIMATION
          REE ANIMATION  13 hours back

          No no no.. They are casting who? As He-Man? What is it with skinny ass high school boys playing heroes today?

          Please cast someone who actual looks like He-Man..

          • Horstveratu
            Horstveratu  15 hours back

            This shit doesnt need a movie it screams video game in all its cheesy goodness... He-Man Battlefield just like battefront but in good or a He-Man Action Adventure or hell fuck me with a broomstick a oldskool He-man MMO where you can pick a side and be good or evil like in DCUO, pick a powerset and a special gimmick and make you own cheesy Masters Character be it good or evil... hell this shit wirtes itself.

            • Mortis Deamonicus
              Mortis Deamonicus  18 hours back

              Lead actor looks nothing like He-Man classic mistake just like solo movie an that tanked cause disney ignored the fans. Looks like thats happening all over again... but will wait an see how it goes

              • Sam .P
                Sam .P  19 hours back

                Yeah! They're bringing back everything from the 80s, and making it WOKE! I would rather watch the originals than the new WOKE bullshit remake.

                • dro sky
                  dro sky  1 days back

                  I was born in 1985 gime me my lawsuit money already . And it's 144,000.00 pesos

                  • Mads Nielsen
                    Mads Nielsen  1 days back

                    Hollywood seem to take the classic quote "History repeats itself" to new extremes :P

                    • omar rashid
                      omar rashid  1 days back

                      It won't be great if it has Woke bullshit in it.

                      • Luffy isGOD
                        Luffy isGOD  1 days back

                        is he gonna pull up in a lowrider,orale im mexican he-man esse ,hahahahahahahahahaha.. nope im not watching this, he-man is blond and white,stop culturaly appropriating my childhood you cucks :)

                        • Jens Petter IkkeOppført

                          The choice of the main character equals a flop. He may be avle to act for all I know, but without looking the part he will never be a He-Man. Dolph atleast looked the part. Chris Hemsworth could probably pull it off to. But you need a person with the appropriate physique to play He-Man, or else it will not be He-Man.

                          • Sage Antone
                            Sage Antone  2 days back

                            This video sucks.

                            • Sage Antone
                              Sage Antone  2 days back

                              That little twerp will never compare to Dolph.

                              • Jean Genie
                                Jean Genie  2 days back

                                The eighties have been the zeitgeist since the late 90s

                                • s rico
                                  s rico  2 days back

                                  Having skeletor in white face and not having dark shaded eyes was a huge mistake amoung others. Dolph as heman was the perfect heman its going to be hard to impress with this new guy.

                                  • Daniel R
                                    Daniel R  2 days back

                                    Brian Cage as He-man. Frank Langella for sure back as Skelator, that needs to be a certainty.

                                    • Greedo Kenobi
                                      Greedo Kenobi  2 days back

                                      I’d prefer an animated movie of He-Man, one where He-Man looks like He-Man and isn’t set on Earth.

                                      • Jon Snow
                                        Jon Snow  2 days back

                                        I loved -The Masters of the Universe. It was the first Hollywood Movie i´ve watched in my life at the age of 5 or 6. Dolph Lundgren was my Childhood Hero

                                        • Tim Z
                                          Tim Z  3 days back

                                          Thundarr the Barbarian did sci-fi and fantasy 3 years before He-Man came out. The story concept was also a lot cooler.

                                          • NADELL SMITH
                                            NADELL SMITH  4 days back

                                            They should of did a remake of Flash Gordan instead. What am I talking about. Flash Gordon was perfect.

                                            • Destination Random
                                              Destination Random  4 days back

                                              To be honest i think the new animation version Kevin Smith is working on will blow me away more than the proposed live action versions

                                              • Shadow Wolf78
                                                Shadow Wolf78  5 days back

                                                I just hope the movie has Orco

                                                • electronicbits
                                                  electronicbits  6 days back

                                                  It's been announced MOTU will possibly be release on Netflix and not on cinemas.
                                                  Given the not so good quality of a lot of movies made for Netflix, I now find dubious for this to happen.

                                                  • Shaun Bilsborough
                                                    Shaun Bilsborough  6 days back

                                                    I'm hoping for a movie with the feel of the recent DC comics story arc, dark, adult story with blood, guts and horror like darkness ... that was a far cry from the campy 80s cartoon (which I loved, used to strip down to the bare chest and use two belts to have my sword on my back). Let's make it a couple of movies with not just Skeletor but also Hordak and the Horde..

                                                    • Jeff Mousseau II
                                                      Jeff Mousseau II  6 days back

                                                      As with most of the bullshit Looper tries to blend my smoothie with, I'm not sold. Sounds like Conan all over again.

                                                      • Hermaphrodite Doro
                                                        Hermaphrodite Doro  7 days back

                                                        everything will be great if disney don,t make the movie

                                                        • L. Blanton
                                                          L. Blanton  1 weeks back

                                                          Story plot was the only thing shitty,the characters looked spot on,they should have had battle cat and showed him turn from Adam and just with those two things it would have gotten better reviews even with corny plot!

                                                          • david Unoi
                                                            david Unoi  1 weeks back

                                                            the Chris Pratt comparison is a bad joke. lol. Was StarLord a walking chiseled super muscular man mountain? Get outta here.

                                                            • Markus Wagner
                                                              Markus Wagner  1 weeks back

                                                              "The new producers wont make the failure to bring He-Man to earth again, because it was a fish out of water thing. The learned their lesson.". "He-man wont be a blond bulky type, the actor is dark haired und Slim" .... damn... where is the lesson learned?

                                                              • Bryan Lahog
                                                                Bryan Lahog  1 weeks back

                                                                Is it possible that they could cast a man to play HeMan? At this point, I would rather have Dolph Lundgren back as the strongest man in the universe, not some little boy actor.

                                                                • PrinceArt77
                                                                  PrinceArt77  1 weeks back

                                                                  big gamble casting a virtually unHe-Manlike actor to play a legendary cartoon character....some guys in the Costplay arena look more like the Real He-Man with actual physique and hairstyle and costumes...

                                                                  • shawn wilson
                                                                    shawn wilson  1 weeks back

                                                                    WOW SOMEONE CALL TRUMP MEXICANS TRYING TO PLAY HE-MAN

                                                                    • AtomSK 484
                                                                      AtomSK 484  1 weeks back

                                                                      Sounds like a professional shit bag, working out of his mother's basement... I'm into that sort of thing though. Jeff? Is that you?

                                                                      • spidernellie
                                                                        spidernellie  1 weeks back

                                                                        I think we'll all be surprised how much he looks like He-Man with those eyebrows and eyes and skin color! I can' t believe more of you don't see it!

                                                                        • Adolf Hitler
                                                                          Adolf Hitler  1 weeks back

                                                                          Let’s get rid of all things white and replace them with Hispanics and blacks. He man is fucking WHITE with blonde hair and blue eyes. When will people wake up to this utter madness?

                                                                          • Mac Daddy
                                                                            Mac Daddy  1 weeks back

                                                                            Umm, I’m not blown away one bit. A scrawny He-Man? I’m actually now not wanting to see this movie at all.

                                                                            • Derrick Woodward
                                                                              Derrick Woodward  1 weeks back

                                                                              I want a inhumannoids movie

                                                                              • Jeremy Marsh
                                                                                Jeremy Marsh  2 weeks back

                                                                                You said Terminator, but you meant to say Womanator. According to Hollywood all men suck, and nothing can get done unless a woman does it. Hey Hollywood, alienating half the population probably isn't very good for making money dumb asses.

                                                                                • manofsan
                                                                                  manofsan  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I'd love it if they made *Masters of the Universe* in a similar style as *Game of Thrones* - lots more intrigue, violence, gore and sex

                                                                                  • Daemonarch2k6
                                                                                    Daemonarch2k6  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I have no hope that this movie will make any real MOTU-fan happy

                                                                                    • V8Supercar1
                                                                                      V8Supercar1  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I think they are gonna screw this one up as well.

                                                                                      • Adolf Hitler
                                                                                        Adolf Hitler  1 weeks back

                                                                                        V8Supercar1 you think? He-man is fucking hispanic

                                                                                    • Jared French
                                                                                      Jared French  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I had the he-man toys, wasn't; impressed with that movie in '87. I just remember how bad it sucked and how much I missed Star Wars movies.

                                                                                      • The Channel
                                                                                        The Channel  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Based on your description of the lead, it wont blow anyone away, what it will do however is disappoint in colossal fashion.

                                                                                        • Reece Thomas
                                                                                          Reece Thomas  2 weeks back

                                                                                          This will be good
                                                                                          They can do alot here ,especially with Skeletor & Trapjaw

                                                                                          • darrenjlamb
                                                                                            darrenjlamb  2 weeks back

                                                                                            seriously... am i the only one who thinks the Hemsworth brothers would be ideal for He-man and Prince Adam? its an obvious choice!!!

                                                                                            • Kevin Meyers
                                                                                              Kevin Meyers  2 weeks back

                                                                                              I liked the original film. It was the first movie I got to see twice in the theaters.