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Masters Of The Universe Animated Series Release Date, Cast, And Plot

Castle Grayskull is preparing for a new renaissance. The beloved cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is putting together a multimedia comeback for the new decade, and leading the way is a miniseries for Netflix produced by Kevin Smith and entitled Masters of the Universe: Revelation. 

The announcement came as a big surprise in August of last year when Smith and representatives from Mattel dropped in on Power-Con in Anaheim, California to reveal the series (via Deadline). The story will pick up where the original cartoon left off in 1985 and continue He-Man's journey from there, but it'll look a bit different: this time, the denizens of Eternia will be rendered in an anime style by Powerhouse Animation studio, which also produces the hit series Castlevania for Netflix. You may have also heard about the original series 3D remake and the long-languishing live-action feature film (the former is also going to be on Netflix, the latter is currently rumored to end up on the streaming site rather than theaters); those are still in preproduction and are not, so far as we know right now, intended to mesh with the Revelation series.

It's a great time to be a fan of Eternia, and we're hot on the trail of all the scattered information that's popping up for this first return to He-Man's universe. Here's everything you need to know while you're waiting for that moment you can sit on your couch, hold your replica Sword of Power, and see He-Man's glorious return to television.

When is the release date of Masters of the Universe: Revelation?

As of the moment, there's no official release date for Masters of the Universe: Revelation. It's difficult to tell where the series was in the production pipeline when Smith announced it at Power-Con, but since a major cast list was released in February 2020, it has a good chance of debuting sometime this year. Also unclear is how many episodes we'll be getting — but it should be noted that IMDb lists Revelation as a miniseries, which implies that there will only be a single season.

Smith took to Twitter in November of last year to share that the voice cast was about to begin recording their parts, so that also bodes well for a 2020 release. If this is the case, though, it's safe to say that we won't see the miniseries drop on Netflix until relatively late in the year; of course, we'll be keeping an eye out for an official announcement, which we expect to arrive sooner rather than later.

Who is in the cast of Masters of the Universe: Revelation?

Masters of the Universe: Revelation is already proving to be far glitzier than the '80s series we all know and love with its illustrious cast of triple-A talent (via The Hollywood Reporter). He-Man will have his expository shouting powered by Chris Wood, of Supergirl and The Vampire Diaries fame. The biggest get of this series, however, is without a doubt Mark Hamill; in a truly inspired casting choice, he will be lending his incredible voice talents to iconic villain Skeletor. 

Hamill may still be most well-known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, but he's almost as famous for his stellar body of voice acting work — he has performed almost every animated iteration of the Joker, for example, since the '90s. More recently, he has been putting his evil shriek to work as SkekTek the Scientist in the other big '80s nostalgia revival series on Netflix, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, so becoming Skeletor is a perfect fit for his style. (He's very good at those pitched mraaaahs.)

The celebrity train doesn't stop there, as we continue down the long list of Eternia's friends and enemies. The cast includes Sarah Michelle Gellar as Teela; Liam Cunningham as Man-At-Arms; Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn; Diedrich Bader as King Randor/Trap Jaw; Alicia Silverstone as Queen Marlena; Stephen Root as Cringer; Griffin Newman as Orko; Susan Eisenberg as Sorceress; Kevin Michael Richardson as Beast Man; Henry Rollins as Tri-Klops; Jason Mewes as Stinkor; Alan Oppenheimer as Moss Man; Justin Long as Roboto; Tony Todd as Scare Glow; Phil LaMarr as He-Ro; Cree Summer as Priestess; Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith as Ileena; Tiffany Smith as Andra; and Kevin Conroy, the Batman to Hamill's Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, as Mer-Man.

What is the plot of Masters of the Universe: Revelation?

Netflix's sparse webpage for the series has a one-sentence summary blurb: "The war for Eternia begins again in what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor." That's not a lot to go on, but there is an interesting nugget buried in the producing credits: the VP of Mattel TV, Rob David. At first blush that's no big deal, since it's very common for IP executives to be given executive producing credit, but the twist here is that Rob David was the writer on a 15-issue Masters of the Universe comic series entitled The Eternity War that was published by DC from 2014-2016.

The comics' story isn't centered only on Skeletor and He-Man — there's a bigger Big Bad named Hordak — but the story is about a no-holds-barred war for the soul of Eternia, with big battles, noble sacrifices, and bloody carnage. While this new series is likely not a direct adaptation, elements from the comics could be incorporated.

What the plot of Revelation will probably not include, considering their absence from the cast list, is He-Man's sister She-Ra and her many ancillary characters. Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power animated series has no announced connection to Revelation, and the two shows likely won't connect at all, since She-Ra has been running just fine on its own steam for four seasons.

It appears that we'll just have to wait to see exactly what kind of story Smith and company are cooking up for us. In the meantime, though, keep it here for all the breaking Masters of the Universe: Revelation news fit to report.