37 musicians who exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Music seems to know no boundaries, speaking a language that we all understand. It crosses all barriers and evidently all universes as well.
From Carol Danvers donning a Nine Inch Nails shirt in Captain Marvel to the crazy connection between WandaVision and My Chemical Romance, the MCU appears to be filled with superheroes from the music scene.
Nine Inch Nails
The debut of Captain Marvel gave fans a dose of ’90s nostalgia with an incredible soundtrack that acted as the perfect tribute to the decade. While the film gave these hits a serious download increase upon its debut, it was a Nine Inch Nails shirt cameo that had everybody talking. Danvers (played by Brie Larson) dons one of the band’s T-shirts throughout the film, which eventually led to a collab between NIN and Marvel for a limited-edition shirt.
No ’90s-based film would be complete without the Garbage classic “Only Happy When It Rains.” The track begins to play while Danvers hops on a bike and takes a trip down memory lane, eventually switching over to be the song playing from the jukebox as she enters a bar.
Guns N’ Roses
Prior to Captain Marvel’s release, leaked set photos showed Larson sporting more ’90s attire—more specifically, a Guns N’ Roses T-shirt. Danvers is shown wearing the shirt during the film’s karaoke scene.
The Smashing Pumpkins and Bush
When Danvers attempts to make a long-distance call via a phone booth, you can see an abundance of posters plastered on the walls behind her. One of those posters promotes the Smashing Pumpkins album Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. During the same phone booth scene, fans can also catch a glimpse of posters for Gavin Rossdale’s Bush.
One thing you have to love about Tony Stark is his ability to pull off a suit and tie as well as the perfect laid-back look. In The Avengers, one of those looks includes a Black Sabbath ’78 Never Say Die tour shirt.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
AC/DC and Led Zeppelin
On top of being revealed as Stark’s favorite band, AC/DC actually find themselves existing in a few films across the MCU. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker mistakes AC/DC for Led Zeppelin. They also appear on Captain America’s “To-Do” list (alongside Nirvana) in the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Iron Man 2
Just before getting into a fight at his birthday party in Iron Man 2, Stark requests a “fat beat” from the DJ that he can beat Lt. Col. James Rhodes (aka Rhodey) up to. Is there really any better time to put on Queen?
While Bruce Banner attempts to make his escape with Thor during Thor: Ragnarok, he finds himself in need of clothes. Luckily, he finds some of Stark’s clothes on the wrecked ship, which includes a Duran Duran shirt.
Marvel had fans on the edge of their seats during the run of the Disney+ series WandaVision. During one particular episode, fans caught a glimpse of Wanda’s twin boys watching an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba! Fans then pieced together the realization that if Yo Gabba Gabba! existed in the MCU, then that meant My Chemical Romance did as well since they appeared in an episode of the children’s show. It also means that Taking Back Sunday, Weezer and Jimmy Eat World also exist due to their guest appearances as well.
And if MCR are canon, then that means…
Vampire romance author Stephenie Meyer once revealed that Twilight was inspired by My Chemical Romance. Therefore, if MCR are canon, then there’s a strong chance Twilight is as well. This means that Paramore, Muse and Linkin Park all exist since they appeared on the movie’s soundtrack.
During a fight inside a briefcase against the villain Yellowjacket, Ant-Man accidentally activates Siri on an iPhone. Yellowjacket then yells, “I am going to disintegrate you!” to which Siri responds, “Playing Disintegration by the Cure.” The epic fight scene is then accompanied by the opening track of the album, “Plainsong.”
Adam & The Ants
When Dr. Strange meets Wong for the first time, he begins to compare him to famous artists who also go by one name—one of those mentions being Adele. Strange also compares him to Beyonce, Drake and Eminem, all of which Wong doesn’t seem to recognize.
Earth, Wind & Fire
The first surgery scene is when we get a feel for Dr. Strange’s musical knowledge. The first track playing during the scene is Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star” before it’s switched over to “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione.
Guardians Of The Galaxy
The Guardians Of The Galaxy films are known for their incredible soundtracks, aka the badass mixtapes that Star-Lord is so attached to. These feature artists such as Hall & Oates, Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder, KISS, Blondie, Badfinger, Queen, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, John Lennon, David Bowie, Redbone and more.
Have you seen or heard any other artists you like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? List them down below!