Published December 31, 2021

Marvel Unlimited: Top Stories in 2021

Dive into a handful of the top stories of the year with these Marvel Unlimited readers’ favorites!

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2022 is right around the corner—a fresh year to catch up on the comic storylines and events that you may not have had a chance to read in 2021. (We’ve all been busy, right?)

This year, Marvel Unlimited readers were digging into 29,000+ digital comics—including brand-new series from the vertical Infinity Comics lineup. Our app also unveiled a supercharged makeover! Unlimited downloads, personalized notifications and follows, plus better reading recommendations, all made for more discoveries and new favorites.

Recap the year 2021 with Marvel Unlimited readers’ favorite comic stories! And, share own favorites with #MarvelUnlimited2021 on Twitter and Facebook.


Ikaris versus a Deviant.
ETERNALS (2021) #1

From the expansive minds of Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribić comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythos. A long time ago, alien space gods came to Earth. They made 100 Eternals. They made 100 Deviants. Then they left. But what's the point of sparking an eternal battle? For millions of years, Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we'd be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. But now their very purpose—their intelligent design—is being called into question. Following their mass death in AVENGERS (2018) #4, the Eternals face resurrection. And since Ikaris was the last to die, he is also the last to return. Never Die. Never Win. These are the Eternals.

REIGN OF X: X-MEN (2021)

The new X-Men team revealed in X-MEN (2019) #21.
The new X-Men team revealed in X-MEN (2019) #21!

Things might be complicated between the mutant nation of Krakoa and the rest of the world, but to the X-Men, things are simple— you do what’s right, you protect those who need protecting and you save the world we all share. CyclopsMarvel GirlSunfireRogueWolverineSynch, and Polaris are the chosen champions of mutantkind. Writer Gerry Duggan reteams with superstar artists Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia to chart the course of the X-Men during the Reign of X!


Cover to SHANG-CHI (2021) #1.
SHANG-CHI (2021) #1

In 2020’s limited series SHANG-CHI, creators Gene Luen YangPhilip Tan, and Dike Ruan took us further inside the Five Weapons Society, the ancient organization that raised Shang-Chi. The times had certainly changed for the five Houses, now more interested in organized crime than protecting common interest. And, for the former Avenger and Hero for Hire, certain family connections could no longer be ignored...

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Now, Shang-Chi has finally taken his place as the leader of the Five Weapons Society. But using an evil secret organization as a force for good won’t be easy. And it’s about to get a lot harder when Shang-Chi’s fellow Super Heroes from Spider-Man to the X-Men to the Avengers, start to question his motives! Don’t miss what happens when Shang-Chi and his newfound family of warriors collide with the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes.


Kang reflects on his many past and future Kangs.

He is Kang. The Master of Time. The indomitable conqueror of space fabric reality—and his own worst enemy. In his defining origin by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Carlos Magno, Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path…


Spider-Man surrounded by a dozen Super Villains!
SINISTER WAR (2021) #1

Doctor Octopus is back—and the SINISTER WAR has begun. Ock’s got a new Sinister Six and if you think he’s thought big in the past, think again. What Ock doesn’t know is that the Vulture has a sextet of his own: The Savage Six. It’s an all-out war between two of the greatest villains in the Marvel Universe, and the only person they hate more than each other is Spider-Man. Read this epic by Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley in full!


Knull arrives on Earth.
KING IN BLACK (2020) #1

Read this Venom-centric event in full! Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman deliver the finale to their 2018 Venom run with the arrival of the god of symbiotes. Knull is here on Earth, and the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Venom are helpless in his wake.


Mr. Knight opens his Midnight Mission,
MOON KNIGHT (2021) #1

The mysterious Mr. Knight has opened his Midnight Mission, protecting his parishioners from the weird and the horrible. And Marc Spector, the host of Moon Knight identities, lives as a renegade priest of an unworthy god. But while the Egyptian god Khonshu languishes in a prison that Spector put him in, Moon Knight must still observe his duty: protecting those who travel at night.


Thanos and his Infinity rings.

What is a world without Avengers? Blade the vampire hunter seems to be the only one alive who remembers. In an alternate reality, the Earth is protected by the Squadron Supreme of America: Hyperion, Blur, Doctor Spectrum, Power Princess, and Nighthawk. Facing fierce foes like the Silver Witch and Thanos with his Infinity Rings, the Squadron’s order is maintaining order—until an uprising assembles.


Emma Frost opens the Hellfire Gala.
MARAUDERS (2019) #21

Read this pivotal X-Men arc as a Reading Guide! Foreign policy, feuds, and most importantly—fashion. The worlds of mutants, celebrities, and Super Heroes collide in Krakoa’s first diplomatic event that unveils the all-new X-Men lineup. Oh, and mutantkind’s new planet.


The Phoenix rises.
AVENGERS (2018) #39

Read AVENGERS (2018) #38 through issue #44! The planet-burning cosmic firebird known as the Phoenix Force has returned—and the world’s greatest heroes and villains are drawn into a globe-spanning battle to become its new host! Echo, an original Ronin and devoted Avenger, emerges as the all-new Phoenix.


Meet Jeff the Land Shark!

He’s adorable. He’s naughty. And he’s everyone’s favorite Land Shark. We can’t get enough of this sweet little Jeff , and, it seems, neither can you. This past September, Marvel Unlimited introduced its Infinity Comics lineup, an exclusive slate of vertical comics, and IT’S JEFF by Kelly Thompson and artists Gurihiru stood out as a fan-favorite. Following the standalone adventures of Kate Bishop’s puppy-like shark-friend, IT’S JEFF became a weekly treat for readers. Good news, Jeff fans—IT’S JEFF INFINITY COMIC will be coming ashore with new issues in 2022.

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