Despite Wild ‘Spider-Man’ Success, Marvel Fans Vote 2021 “the Year of ‘Shang-Chi'”

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At first glance, there are few movie fans who would say that Spider-Man: No Way Home was NOT the most popular Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in 2021.

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The film has been breaking box office records worldwide and now boasts the second-highest-grossing debut weekend of all time, next only to Marvel Studios’ Infinity Saga conclusion, Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Per one article about AMC Theaters’ debut MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy finale:

In all, AMC recorded more than 7 million tickets sold locations globally, including more than five million tickets sold in the U.S. Attendance was off to a strong start Dec. 16, as moviegoers rushed screens to qualify for an exclusive “Spider-Man” NFT, the first ever of its kind from a major theatrical exhibitor. The movie also set a new single-day international attendance record on Dec. 18.

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Now, however, a new poll indicates that despite the record-breaking success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, 2021 was really “the year of Shang-Chi” for Marvel fans.

According to a report about the findings:

…when asked which movies were “Best of the Year” material, more people [out of 2,000 respondents] cited “Shang-Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings” than any other film on the list.

In fact, four of the top 20 movies of the year featured superhero characters from the same cinematic universe — “Shang-Chi” and “Black Widow,” which were produced by Marvel Studios, and “Spider-Man” and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” produced by Sony Pictures in association with Marvel.

(L-R) Meng’er Zhang (Xialing), Simu Liu (Shang-Chi) and Awkwafina (Katy) in Marvel's Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — which debuted exclusively in theaters on September 3, 2021 — has already been greenlit for a sequel, which is likely to feature the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of Iron Fist/Danny Rand, though it is unknown if Netflix’s Finn Jones will reprise the character due to poor fan reception the first time around.

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As for fan-favorite Tom Holland’s future in the MCU, Spider-Man trilogy producer Amy Pascal has hinted at the potential for a second three-movie collaboration between the two film studios. This remains unconfirmed, however.

More on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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The official description of Shang-Chi reads:

Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu [Shang-Chi’s father], Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.

More on Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Joining Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

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Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Zendaya (MJ) are joined by Multiversal “Spider-Men” Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus) in the film.

No Way Home has already broken box office records in the United States and around the world.

What do you think about Marvel fans voting Shang-Chi more popular than No Way Home?

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