Even though the global recovery of cinemas has taken longer than most could've ever anticipated, 2021 was nevertheless a great year for movies both big and small - both in cinemas and streamed at home.
But just how well do you really know the biggest movies of the year?
Even the simplest, smoothest blockbuster production is enormously complex, as the result of hundreds of crafts-folk collaborating on a (hopefully) clear-headed end goal.
And so, just about every major movie has at least a few fascinating behind-the-scenes stories to tell, which cast and crew members are typically eager to discuss. That's certainly been the case over the last 12 months.
From actors' surprising rituals during shooting to those who made surprise "cameo" appearances you never knew about, uniquely weird achievements these films pulled off, and everything strange story in-between, you absolutely need to know these astonishing 2021 movie facts.
Whether innocuous behind-the-curtain tidbits or revelations absolutely crucial to a movie's creation, these slivers of juicy trivia and information just might change how you view these films forever. And even if not, they're totally fascinating all the same...
20. Benedict Cumberbatch Didn't Read The Full Script - Spider-Man: No Way Home
As secretive as the production of Spider-Man: No Way Home was - even more so than your usual Marvel Cinematic Universe movie - it was reasonable to expect that all of the cast were given access to the final shooting script and, y'know, actually read it.
But Benedict Cumberbatch, who admittedly plays only a supporting role in the film, opted against doing so, employing enormous restraint and deciding to only read part of the script, presumably that which was relevant to him. He said in an interview with USA Today:
"I haven't actually read the whole script! I did that on purpose because I just want the ride."
On one hand Cumberbatch clearly wanted to enjoy being surprised by the movie as fans were, but it also meant he wasn't burdened with the knowledge of all the big spoilers while on the film's press tour.
Considering the difficulties his co-star Tom Holland has faced with keeping a lid on spoilers, it's a reasonable stance to take.