One of the best surprises to hit Netflix last month was the premiere of She-Ra and the Princess of Power. The animated series managed to please fans both new and old by reviving a beloved cartoon character from the 1980s while updating it for present-day audiences.
The one noticeable omission throughout the show's first season was the absence of She-Ra's twin brother, He-Man. While there were those who assumed he'd be brought into the fold sometime in the upcoming second season, showrunner Noelle Stevenson confirmed that's not gonna happen.
Speaking to Inverse, Stevenson said, "He-Man is not really on the table for this iteration of She-Ra at all." While she explained that the character could prove difficult to adapt to the revamped Etheria her new series has laid out, she is open to the idea at some point down the road.
"It would be a challenge, I think, to bring He-Man to life in the present day. Even more so than She-Ra," Stevenson explained. "He’s a very iconic character. It’d be a lot of fun to incorporate him into the world of She-Ra, but I don’t know what my... what my approach to that would be."
She-Ra originally debuted on the small screen in She-Ra: Princess of Power back in 1985. The animated series was a spinoff of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which first aired in 1983 and was modeled after a Mattel toy line that launched the year prior.
Between the animated adventures and the seemingly endless series of action figures, He-Man became a staple of early '80s pop culture. She-Ra was created a couple years later to draw in more female viewers/toy buyers.
So while He-Man was busy fighting Skeletor across Eternia, She-Ra was busy leading a rebellion against the evil Hordak in the land of Etheria. Though they resided in different worlds, their respective series crossed over roughly two dozen times during their heyday.
Now that She-Ra's been given an all-new identity that's untethered from her twin brother, it looks like it's gonna stay that way, at least for the foreseeable future.
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