Why Masters Of The Universe Will Blow You Away

  • 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 • 1 162

  • Looper
    Looper   1 months back

    Who's your favorite Masters of the Universe character?

    • Timek Kemit
      Timek Kemit  1 days back


    • Porosus8
      Porosus8  4 days back

      Trap Jaw (and then Leech!)

    • Andy E!!!
      Andy E!!!  4 days back

      Best action figure, Stinkor... Nowadays when I smell Patchouli it reminds me of my childhood.

    • Light Knight
      Light Knight  5 days back


    • Brad R
      Brad R  5 days back


  • sean johnson
    sean johnson  2 hours back

    Garbage. Sony ruining movies again.

    • MrLuckysodiam
      MrLuckysodiam  14 hours back

      Lol.. Must've been gutting to find out it's in cartoon form eh? lol

      • Linda 82
        Linda 82  14 hours back

        😝 the reason i love this movie is because Dolph is hot

        • Kevin O'Shea
          Kevin O'Shea  20 hours back

          80's sucked i know i was there

          • Mar S.
            Mar S.  23 hours back

            Teela is not a Unicorn riding Goddess, that's She-ra.

            • William May
              William May  1 days back

              He Mans mother Queen Marlanea is from Earth!

              • Russty Airsoft
                Russty Airsoft  1 days back

                if you feel this way about He-Man the movie, Then you are not a true 80's He-Man fan.

                • jim walker
                  jim walker  1 days back

                  i saw the '80s movie.......it was pretty good, all things considred.
                  that was good, the new one should be even better.
                  is there a release date yet?

                  • URBAN SHAMEN
                    URBAN SHAMEN  2 days back

                    Grasping at straws here guys

                    • swifty1969
                      swifty1969  2 days back

                      I guess it's another Jem and the Holograms in the making.

                      so who's this douche bag again???? who's world famous for some reason?

                      • RC Lenius
                        RC Lenius  2 days back

                        I believe that Noah Centileo will not play He-Man but Prinz Adam before he becomes the Hero by magic. Maybe the use some CGI to turn him into to a muscle-man like they did with captain america, but I believe that there will be somebody else portraying He-Man entirely.
                        Also, the problem with the movie from the eighties was not the cast. It was the idea of transporting the heros tp earth and let them fight here. It must have been cheaper than recreating Eternia.

                        • dale ernst
                          dale ernst  2 days back

                          I am getting old. I was 11 when the first one came out.

                          • ron JAMES
                            ron JAMES  2 days back

                            i loved the first masters of the universe

                            • Brian Pauley
                              Brian Pauley  2 days back

                              I liked the 80's movie. They weren't telling an exact story. They used the characters in their own original story.

                              • thinking outside the box open mind

                                I used to watch the he-man cartoon when I was a kid then I saw this it was okay nothing to write home about

                                • Hannibal Hyde
                                  Hannibal Hyde  2 days back

                                  I loved the original...I am a 80's baby.. Lundgren was a much better Punisher than he was a He-man however

                                  • David Carter
                                    David Carter  3 days back

                                    I got literally blown away.... By a hooker after failing to get blown away by this video!

                                    • David Carter
                                      David Carter  3 days back

                                      Cast Chris Hemsworth as He-Man you fools.... He the perfect choice!

                                      • Gork Skoal
                                        Gork Skoal  2 days back

                                        sush that'd be fun! we can't be doing that!

                                    • David Carter
                                      David Carter  3 days back

                                      The first movie was not a flop! They could have made a sequel introducing Battlecat & Orko.... Your being very picky!

                                      • Andrew Reynold
                                        Andrew Reynold  3 days back

                                        Yup can't think of anything new so they repeat themselves actually history repeats itself

                                        • Im Hotep
                                          Im Hotep  3 days back

                                          If HE MAN is not a bodybuilder, it is going to fail!!!!

                                          • Anthony Gore
                                            Anthony Gore  3 days back

                                            I'm not thrilled with the pick to play He Man unless the kid seriously bulks up and shreds for the role. They better not leave out cringer/Battlecat otherwise I'm not wasting my time with it.

                                            • My Turtle Diaries
                                              My Turtle Diaries  4 days back

                                              Did they cancel this project?

                                              • whoisbotsman
                                                whoisbotsman  4 days back

                                                There is absolutely zero evidence to suggest that your overoptimism isn't radically misplaced!

                                                • Nathan Chavez
                                                  Nathan Chavez  4 days back

                                                  The 1987 movie is awesome. I recently saw it for the first time. So cheesy but its great.

                                                  • Julius Vercruysse
                                                    Julius Vercruysse  5 days back

                                                    hordak and not the 80's stupid she-ra version, I like the 2002 version of hordak and he was the original OG before skeletor I had hordak toy as a kid I had the first hordak toy and I had buzzsaw hordak. tell she-ra the masters of the universe called and they want there character back. Hordak has no business showing up in the she-ra cartoon. this is why the motu franchise and filmation cartoons went of business because they didn't know how to market there product when I was a kid I to watch a girls cartoon just to watch my favorite motu bad guy who was hordak and the evil horde which they made hordak out be a corny ass villain when in the comics that came with character he was much more powerful then what filmation made him out to be I was furious. in the 2002 version of motu he was badass and the way he should have been and was suppose to be set free but they cancelled the cartoon before hordak had his time to shine I loved the 2002 version of the motu and the hell with everybody who shitted on it, i was a kid when motu came out in the 80's now that I'm grown up I think motu needs to grow up to and stop trying to please little kids cuz they don't get it and they don't appreciate it the way my generation does, I think motu should be geared towards the adult crowad. and the new movie should be pg13 and hordak should be the main villain.

                                                    • Enkeria
                                                      Enkeria  5 days back

                                                      Wasn't this scrapped? Again? He-Man would needs to be cgi if they have wrong actor.

                                                      • Geechie-Don
                                                        Geechie-Don  5 days back

                                                        MOTU should be cool. But what will blow you away is if someone got the rights to, scripted and made a movie for Olmecs Sun-Man...

                                                        • Ryan Aracena
                                                          Ryan Aracena  5 days back

                                                          I feel like I learned more about the 80s than the new he-man movie

                                                          • Brad R
                                                            Brad R  5 days back

                                                            I love the original Masters of the Universe movie, it wasn't perfect, but still good. If only Dolph could speak clearly, you can barely understand him.

                                                            • Rami
                                                              Rami  6 days back

                                                              Feminists will demonize this movie.

                                                              • Rami
                                                                Rami  6 days back

                                                                Thor as Heman

                                                                • Wizardbane68 68
                                                                  Wizardbane68 68  6 days back

                                                                  About time.. Please do it right Sony?

                                                                  • Prodigal Son
                                                                    Prodigal Son  6 days back

                                                                    Wizards, released in 1977 and Heavy Metal magazine, which debuted the same year, were blending sorcery and alien technology back in the 70s.

                                                                    • Murada
                                                                      Murada  6 days back

                                                                      Forget this..where the hell is ThunderCats? Been waiting my whole damn like for one damn ThunderCats movie.

                                                                      • CICR business
                                                                        CICR business  6 days back

                                                                        Soooo, why this new movie will blow my mind? Because Nostalgia? Or because the Netflix guy?

                                                                        • Jos Ray
                                                                          Jos Ray  6 days back

                                                                          I think I was the 1st person saying that Thor the dark world was the best MOTU movie ever made then they made Ragnarok..almost as though someone was listening to me and seeing what they actually had there. Now use that as a framework to bring MOTU to life as it always should have been. My only fear here is sony can they stay true to the original and mature it where it needs to be so that it doesn't feel like a childrens cartoon?

                                                                          • Adonis Warchild
                                                                            Adonis Warchild  6 days back

                                                                            Anyone know the name of the song in the background of this video?

                                                                            • Domison Homanison
                                                                              Domison Homanison  6 days back

                                                                              MERMAN, BEASTMAN!!!!!!!!!!!! Evil Lynn...TRapjaw

                                                                              • Gee Wiz
                                                                                Gee Wiz  6 days back

                                                                                Can we get a Voltron?!

                                                                                • Dangerous Devil Official

                                                                                  The newly cast He Man is terrible... Chris Pratt isn’t much of an action star as you said either. Everything in his action movies is CG.

                                                                                  The real action stars are those of the 80’s who actually did their own real stunts. With real explosions.

                                                                                  BTW, I am many minutes deep into your video and I still don’t see the point of your title. There has been nothing listed to back your statement.

                                                                                  • Dangerous Devil Official

                                                                                    I don’t care what anyone says, the 80’s movie was good! The reboots of most of these old movies suck major ass.

                                                                                    • Anthony Mein
                                                                                      Anthony Mein  6 days back

                                                                                      Roseanne was not in in the 80s lol it was the 90s lol

                                                                                      • Bob Wiley
                                                                                        Bob Wiley  7 days back

                                                                                        I wanna see ram-man bumming cringer

                                                                                        • Marcel keyboardWrestler

                                                                                          Jayce and the wheeled warriors inspector gadget C.O.P.S. MASK Thunder Cats Blackstar Raiders Robotech dragon ball z and the list goes on ! now that i know they are able to make the scenes look EPIC with computer generated CGi we are all in for a tread *Hurrah and cheers*

                                                                                          Live long and prosper,

                                                                                          • O
                                                                                            O  7 days back

                                                                                            Frank langella was great as skeletor

                                                                                            • SHADOWWOLF77
                                                                                              SHADOWWOLF77  1 weeks back

                                                                                              He-Man was actually influenced by Conan originally... Among the villains it was Trapjaw that was my early favourite...