These First-Look Photos of He-Man in Masters of the Universe Are Incredible

By | May 16, 2021

Netflix has just dropped some new images providing a first glimpse of the iconic ’80s cartoon character He-Man, who has been resurrected for the Masters of the Universe reboot, spearheaded by cult director Kevin Smith. In the photos, He-Man (who transforms from the slimmer Prince Adam into a swole superhero with the words “by the power of Grayskull”) is easily recognizable from the classic TV series, albeit with sharper lines—and arguably even bigger muscles.

“I ate 12,000 calories a day and pumped iron 25/7 for a year in preparation for this role,” joked voice actor Christopher Wood, who is portraying the beloved hero in the new show. “It wasn’t until I just saw these stills that I realized it was animated. I really wish someone had told me… BUT IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!!”

Wood went on to add just how meaningful it has been to him to lend his voice to a project with such a huge legacy in pop culture, and recalled playing with He-Man and Castle Grayskull toys as young as five years old. “I’ve been doing He-Man’s voice since I was a kid,” he said. “I just get paid for it now.”

Masters of the Universe comes after Netflix and Dreamworks’ recent revival of She-Ra, a property which began life as a He-Man spinoff focusing on Prince Adam’s sister, Adora. That reboot significantly altered the character design of She-Ra, provoking resistance from fans of the original, but ultimately won critical acclaim for its inclusive, diverse storytelling.

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Masters of the Universe definitely appears to be hewing closer to the artwork and sensibility of the ’80s cartoon—bulging biceps and all—but fans will have to wait until Part 1 drops on July 23 to see for themselves whether He-Man, Skeletor, and co. are the same as they remember.

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