Friday, November 25

Masters of the Universe’s most tasteless meme is now Canon

The premiere of Masters of the Universe Revelation, Part 2 contains a line referencing a tacky internet meme involving the heroic warrior Fisto.

Warning: the following contains SPOILERS for Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Part 2, Episode 1, “Split at Twain.”

A throwaway phrase involving Skeletor in the premiere episode of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Part 2 referenced an infamous meme about the heroic warrior Fisto. This has made the canon of joke among the officers Masters of the Universe setting. Given that series showrunner Kevin Smith is famous for infiltrating adult references and puns into his films, there’s hardly any way the line in question isn’t an intentional nod to the long-running fan joke.

Introduced as part of Wave 3 from the original Masters of the Universe toyline, Fisto was distinguished by his massive metal fist. The original comics and cartoons never revealed whether Fisto’s fist was a gauntlet or a prosthesis, but the 2002 animated series established that his hand was of cybernetic origin and that he was the brother of Man-At-Arms. Fisto also appeared in a cameo without speaking in a Masters of the Universe: Revelation Easter Egg.

Fisto was promoted to a speaker role at Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Part 2, with his voice provided by Ralph Garman, who is a co-host of the Hollywood babble podcast with Kevin Smith. Fisto was among the heroic warriors present when Skeletor cast his grim countenance over the city of Eternals, dark clouds blocking out the sun. This prompted Fisto to declare, while raising his famous fist in anger, that ‘I sure would like to punch him!«

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While it was clear from the context that Fisto meant that he wanted to hit Skeletor, the word ‘fist‘Has a completely different connotation, serving as a slang term for a certain sexual act. This has made Fisto something of a joke between The man fans, featuring various memes and fan art dedicated to Fisto and how he truly earned his name. The most famous of these involved an altered panel from the mini-comic “The Clash of Arms”, where instead of a saying of Fisto wounded “I fought hard, He-Man, but I couldn’t beat them all,“Seemed to say”I clenched my fist hard, He-Man, but I couldn’t do it at all!«

Fisto spoke of his desire to «fist«Skeletor in the Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Part 2 premiere, “Cleaved in Twain,” which was co-written by Kevin Smith. While it cannot be said with certainty that Smith was responsible for the conscious nod to the infamous meme, he certainly would have been responsible for letting the joke pass as the series’ story editor. While the line was of questionable taste, it seems unlikely that it will provoke further controversy for Masters of the Universe: Revelation.

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