- Okay, so you already saw me using my powers, right? Heh... Wait 'till you to see me when I unleash the Phoenix onto you, ya' red-foreheaded freak...
- -- Jean Grey
- -- Jean Grey
Born in the early 1980s, Jean Elaine Grey was the daughter of Professor John Grey of the History Department of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and his wife Elaine Grey. Since childhood, Jean Grey had mutant powers and abilities that were beyond all known limitations. Fearing that Jean could not control her vast psychic powers, fellow telepath and mutant pacifist Charles Xavier approached Jean's parents for their permission, and explained that he would be taking Jean under his care, along with her free access to education in his academic institution that was Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. As he took Jean under his wing, he had put psychic blocks around her subconscious mind to keep Jean's abilities in check.
As a result while growing up, Jean developed a dual personality, with one being her usual self and the other her vastly strong, powerful, and uninhibited side that called itself the Phoenix Force, which often emerges whenever she gets enraged, mostly acting as her last resort in battle against adversaries. Despite of Xavier's telepathic blocks, Jean still managed to develop strong telepathic, empathetic, and telekinetic abilities, in which Xavier helped her control it as she grows up into adulthood, joyfully living and studying at the mutant haven, the X-Mansion.
In her training days, Jean Grey became an official member of the X-Men in her adolescent years, wherein she was dubbed by the popular title of Marvel Girl, right after the modern reawakening of Apocalypse in the mid-1990s, (something that she usually hated when people used to call her by the latter though she would sometimes appreciate it depending on her mood), and continuously served as a doctor at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. She would later develop in a long-term relationship with her fellow X-Man, Scott Summers, the mutant hero who would eventually be known as Cyclops. However, despite being an X-Men, she would still have some instances where nightmares have caused her powers to go unstable and tremble the whole school, scaring her fellow teachers and students. Thankfully, Jean has since being helped and supported by her teammates in helping her control of her immeasurable powers from time to time, in which her friends included Storm, Beast, Iceman, Colossus, Shadowcat, her would be former lover Logan, her lover Scott, and her mentor Professor Xavier.
At some point later on, specifically before the traumatic and life-changing events of Ultimate War, Scott and Jean have started professing their great and undying love for each other to the point once more, through thick and thin, where Scott eventually proposed to Jean, marking another great step towards their fruitful relationship, a relationship that has lasted for several years by then. When they suddenly meets the unexpected, Jean later became pregnant and had a son whom they named Nathan Christopher Charles Summers, "Nathan" came from a random telepathic suggestion as she listened to some of the residents across the Westchester County through the Cerebro, later to be revealed as a Mister Sinister in disguise, who was still in hiding in preparation for the Movement, "Christopher" from Scott's father, and "Charles" from both Scott and Jean's father figure and mentor, Professor Xavier.
Unfortunate to Jean, Scott was away helping the X-Men during a mission when she was having her painful labor at the mansion. Because of this, one of the X-Men's greatest adversary, Sinister himself had paid to visit Jean inside the mansion undetected, disguising himself as one of its residents. As Jean immediately detected of Essex's hostile presence, she tried to warn everyone else inside the mansion, only to be single-handedly overpowered by Sinister as he counteracted most of Jean's telepathic attacks at him. Painfully asking Essex why he came into the mansion, Sinister maniacally ridiculed her question, telling her that he came to give her his late gift for not attending her baby shower. Screaming with pain, it triggered a disturbance into Professor X, who immediately hears her cries telepathically after their mission, causing for Scott to extremely worry as they returned into the mansion.
By the time Scott and the X-Men has arrived to occupy during her child birth, they were late, Sinister had already left without everyone else knowing and she had already given birth to her child with the help of some of the mansion's residents. However, it was already too late for them, since Sinister has secretly infected the child with a mysterious pathogen known as the Techno-Organic Virus, that was rapidly spreading through his body and, sadly enough, it already did kill the child before they could have save him, as he was born in the world.
Stricken with grief and loss for losing their first and only son, Scott and Jean had vowed vengeance against Essex, as they did, during the eventual finale of Ultimate War after using all their fullest and mightiest powers at Essex in order to defeat the cynical and sadistic villain, incinerating the villain into ash and apparently killing him with the Phoenix's fiery blast, successful into avenging the "death" of their son Nathan, once and for all. Nathan's infant body (which was later revealed to be just a dummy) was eventually buried, along with all the other fallen heroic mutants who have risked their lives at the newly-established memorial garden of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (behind the X-Mansion), as an act of honoring those who have passed away for the sake of the greater good. Sadly, Jean decided to call off the engagement, right after their son was buried, believing that everyone she loved would just ended up getting in danger, or even worse, all because of their closeness to her.
On the bright side of it all, it was not necessarily the end for their son's life, revealing that Nathan, has survived his birth, though due to the devastating effects caused by being infected with the Techno-Organic Virus as a newborn, has made the infant Summers to be in a catatonic state. This was only revealed after the, where Essex had decided to take the catatonic infant from the morgue, as he replaced his place with a bio-organic dummy in his own design, that even the best known telepaths such as Xavier and even Jean herself, wouldn't have detected its ingenuity.
Essex would have planned to raise and build him as a biological weapon, but his post-defeat scheme was eventually prevented when a mysterious figure has unknowingly infiltrated his hidden laboratory, located in the underground dungeons of Genosha, after his temporary death during Ultimate War, where she took and saved the infant into her home reality the late 37th-early 39th century. For some time, both Scott and Jean had no way of knowing that their son had turned out to be alive, was raised and had already grown up, living in an alternate future reality of their home reality. In the aftermath of the war brought by Mister Sinister, Jean painfully ended her blooming relationship with Scott, deciding it would be the best for them to grieve their loss on their own.
Only a few weeks since the Ultimate War, most of the X-Mansion's residents, including some of the X-Men, has been unknowingly possessed under the influence of the mutant growth hormone and addictive drug, called the "Banshee," all for the sake of desperately trying to fastening their recovery from the traumatizing experience, albeit despite the fact that it gives off secondary, or even tertiary mutations to its users, once regularly taken. Originally, the drug was only an experimental substance previously discovered at the X-Man scientist Beast's laboratory by Cyclops and Emma Frost, though he then revealed to the Professor later on that the Brotherhood Mystique had secretly given him a sample of the drug, and was begging him to make an antidote in order to save her comrades, who were close into dying from addiction to the Banshee.
Beast was successful in formulating and developing for an antidote, giving it to Mystique afterwards, though he started on secretly experimenting with the remaining sample of the drug, hypothesizing that he may able to get rid of the negative side-effects, but retain the mutant growth hormone as its empowering effects, only before he could have started his research and experimentation. Along with the negative side-effects of the Banshee, it was also shown to be a psionic passageway to the realm of the powerful mutant entity mostly known as the "Devil with the Yellow Eyes" by those who frequently sees him in their nightmares, the Shadow King.
Eventually, his nightmarish and haunting plot to possess every single life on the planet were finally foiled to kill Professor X, Jean looked for the help of Xavier's omega level son Legion along with Emma, eventually defeating the Shadow King inside their minds and causing him to yield in a painful loss and free them from his own dimension. Upon waking up from their comatose, all the previous users of the shockingly terrifying drug was comforted by the rest of their teammates after having the antidotes applied to them, proving that they'll always be on each other's sides and to never be lost in their own emotions, never again. Upon waking up, the recovering Banshee users were comforted by Jean and teammates, especially Scott whom she mutually apologized to for not being there with him when he was greatly grieving their son's death. Unfortunately, after seeing the news reports on the television regarding a newly-implemented legislative bill, realizing that they still have to handle another, much larger issue that was about to happen next.
A stealthy invasion secretly planned by the ruthless Skrull race comes to fruition, as the Ultimates (both the 50-State Initiative of Iron Man and the Anti-Registration Forces of Captain America), S.H.I.E.L.D., the Thunderbolts, the Dark Avengers, and most of the Earth's super-powered individuals must unite to stop the conquering villainous extraterrestrial race, aided by the cosmic heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the entire Ravager Network. In the climatic battle against the Skrull forces, Jean and the X-Men persistently fought off the hostile shapeshifters across the many mutant bases across the world.
In one instance, Prestige was with the portion of the team in the Savage Land where they consistently take down the incoming fleet of Skrulls from orbit as they keep on landing in the lost land. However, one Skrull general was suddenly filled with horror when Jean unleashed only a small part of her cosmic power to take down a small but strong fleet of his allies, making Jean feel utterly confused by her reaction, especially when the general horrifyingly called her as the "World Destroyer," implying that he and his people were aware of the Phoenix Force's almighty and deadly power. As Jean and her teammates had apprehended the defeated general, the former angrily questioned her what else she knows about the Phoenix, only for the general to be accidentally crushed by a damaged Skrull warship, killing her, before she could have answered to her perplexing question, much to Jean's dismay.
Nevertheless, the fighting eventually ended when a seemingly reformed Norman Osborn, who was going by the heroic ironed persona of the Iron Patriot, killed the escaping Veranke, the Skull Queen, which ended the war and the attempted invasion, once and for all. The legislative bill, Superhuman Registration Act, remained implemented right until the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, where both leaders of both sides demanded the United Nations to finally abolish the act, after both sides reunited into saving the Earth from the Skrull's invasion, ultimately ending the superhuman civil war, once and for all. Having to failed their attempted assault to invade Earth, the Skrulls decided to flee, believing that the certainty of the universe's condition from getting into a greater peril has only gotten much worse, since according to them, the "beginning of the end" of this reality has only just began, and they have no other way of stopping it, besides their failed plan to invade Earth.
In the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, Jean, Scott, along with a few of their teammates have conclusively decided to come with Ms. Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy in the meantime, in their space mission to travel to the stars to find more answers regarding the questions she has for the mysterious power growing within her. Before leaving Earth, Jean and the team with their fellow loved ones, with Professor X still giving Jean the same advice not to use the Phoenix too much to the point that she might lose control of herself and unintentionally cause harm to her friends and allies, other than the threats she'll be dealing with.
Soon after the Secret Invasion, Jean unexpectedly became the center of attention for the very worst of reasons when she had found herself being tracked down and abducted by the extraterrestrial Shi'ar Empire as she was to be put on trial in their throneworld Chandilar for the catastrophic crimes perpetrated by the Phoenix countless of millennia ago, being remembered as the World Destroyer. Being more unfortunate at the same time, she was also being hunted by the fanatic Shi'ar Church of Enlightenment, who aimed to separate or at least manipulate the Phoenix, their primary deity, into overthrowing the Empire and rebuild their society in a "purer" image, even if it means dissecting Jean piece by piece. After her main teammates and the Guardians of the Galaxy had teamed up on a on a cosmic mission to rescue Jean and escape the borders of the Shi'ar, they got into a battle with the fortified and aggressive Imperial Guard.
Nearing the conclusion of this journey, Jean's realization in her meditative unconscious state had further amplified her powers, combining her telepathy and telekinesis to have a more symbiotic relationship and concentrated state with the Phoenix as she came face to face with the Gladiator and managed to easily knock down the usually overpowered and invulnerable Shi'ar warrior. Submitting to her state as the physical embodiment of the Phoenix Force, the latter itself wrathfully declared to the Shi'ar that is would no longer wish to be affiliated with their race's affairs, revealing to the X-Men and the Guardians though Jean how the ancient Shi'ar among other hundreds of empires had once captured, abused, and weaponized to fuel their pursuits for conquest and colonization. Since the incident was finally concluded on a more diplomatic approach to avoid further destruction from both sides, Jean felt lost yet just as empowered, as Scott and her teammates comforted her on their way back to Earth.
Return of the Lost Son
As the great and savage X-Man Wolverine battled the mysterious time-traveler that was Cable, engaging in a brief but brutal fight outside the Sister Margaret's School for Wayward Children. Wolverine then threatened to kill Cable for "attempting to kill" Professor X, only to be told by Cable that he tried to save him, followed by giving him the same treatment, beating Logan down until he went unconscious. Little did Cable know, Wolverine unknowingly called both of his back-ups before he was taken down, Jean and Scott to deal with the mysterious Cable. Cable's ally turned situational enemy Deadpool even swooped in the battle for a moment, trying to distract Cable, with him humorously telling Cable that his intentions were nothing personal, before Cable single-handedly knocks Wade out into the air.
In the end of the battle, Cable and engaged in an uncontrollable psionic duel, only to end in a sudden tie, proving that they're telepathic abilities are just as equal and just as powerful. In the wake of the battle's aftermath, a weakened Jean still approached the lightheaded Cable, whereupon she counteracted Cable's psionic shields and successfully reads his mind, painfully revealing her and Scott as well, the entirely of Nate's life. Both Jean and Scott was in the realization of shock and awe, after discovering that all their previous years mourning for the great loss of the one they preciously created, their son was alive and well, all along. The three of them embraced as they all shed a tear, now that they have finally been reunited by fate itself.
The Phoenix Prophecy
Taking place only a few months after the events of the infamous, revolutionary X-t(In)ction Event, the cosmic entity Phoenix Force within Jean was still on the verge of recovering from the deadly effects of the villain's Legacy Virus after the psychic outcry of Jean had suddenly broken the telepathic barrier, something that Professor X had placed in her since her youth, when she started perceiving repetitive nightmares caused by psychedelic entities with the same objective of killing off the Phoenix Force, since it was claimed to be the next universal threat since the events of both Infinity War and Infinity Crusade, worsening her condition from time to time which slowly turns her insanely dangerous having still possessed by the powerful Phoenix Force.
After his innocent students and other people were also affected by the countless haunting of the same entities due to the contemporary existence of the cosmic entity Phoenix Force within Jean Grey, Xavier finally joins the fray in helping a small portion of the Avengers and several of his other trustworthy allies through various points, including the essential procedure in finding out a safe way to get the Phoenix Force out of Jean without having to risk her own life in the process. In an attempt to stall the Phoenix Force's possession of Jean Grey, the entity was split by both the efforts of Stark, Wakandan, and X-Mansion technology, along with Xavier's overpowered telepathic powers.
However, although the heroes were originally successful in driving the entity off Jean, the entity's fragments had subsequently possessed Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor McKenzie, Magneto, and Psylocke. He had also asked his supposedly most trustworthy student and the field leader of the X-Men, Cyclops himself to resist the power and tried to fight the rest of the uncontrollable Phoenix-possessed avatars who went berserk by its unbelievably cosmic power.
After attempting to shut down Cyclops, each of the efforts had failed when he desperately took and absorbed most of it onto himself after defeating the weakened Magneto for the whole power of the Phoenix, turning him into the most dangerous known version of the Dark Phoenix. Realizing that Summers was already losing touch with his own humanity and decides to follow his delusion exterminating the human race instead for avenging mutantkind, Xavier promises to Summers he will finish things himself without risking to lose his student and son-like figure's life. He apologizes to Summers as he absorbed all of the Phoenix within him.
Now possessing the Phoenix's full but hostile power, Professor X as the new Phoenix uses the full power of the cosmic entity to vanquish most of the psychedelic entities that had been worsening Jean's already recovering condition, disintegrating himself and his adversaries out of existence, before struggling to manipulate the Phoenix into using its ultimate life-force to resurrect most of the perished every mutant in the world from the previous X-t(In)ction event. Xavier willingly sacrificed his own life to contain the raging entity within, preventing the Phoenix from unleashing its deadly and destructive wave of cosmic energy, and used all his mighty psionic power against the Phoenix, killing both him and the entity in the process, which ultimately ended the prophecy once and for all.
The New Director
In the aftermath of Xavier's demise a month and a half after the prophetic event, to which most people across the country had mourned in his funeral, which took place at the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and remembered him for his unforgettable ideologies of eternally believing in a world of peace and harmony between humankind and mutantkind altogether. During the funeral, the saddened Jean continued to mourn for the passing of the man whom she always saw as a great mentor, and a second father. Jean also professed in her eulogy to Xavier that despite his death, she would always keep the flames that the professor had always been leaving to his closest people, and build the best future across the world for both human and mutant kind, with both races finally living in a unified and peaceful society.
Weeks have passed since the funeral of Professor X, Jean had succeeded Xavier's former position in becoming the new headmaster of Xavier's educational institute, taking place as its new director. Moreover, when Cyclops was currently in question by the authorities after the incident and was conclusively sentenced into a short term of imprisonment, Jean still supported and waited for him despite his former disillusioned acts against humanity, believing that he could and would still change as time passes.
Powers and Abilities
Homo Superior Physiology: By birth, Jean is a mutant who is among the most powerful telepaths, telekinetics and psions. She is also one with the Phoenix Force, and while acting as its avatar (until the rogue and uncontrollable entity itself apparently perished during the last moments of Phoenix Prophecy) she is one of the most powerful Abstract Entities in the prime universe. She also was considered to be a Mutant Alpha-Psi, an Alpha Level Telepath, an Alpha-Level Mutant and Psionic of Highest Order. As the Dark Phoenix, she has been stated to be a global and even a universal threat and to manifest cosmic-level powers. Despite the Phoenix finally out of herself after the entity's apparent death, Jean still somehow was able to manifest and harness a portion of the Phoenix's powers and abilities in the most extremes of situations.
- Telepathic Defense
- Telepathic Cloak
- Cloak Mind
- Psychic Shield
- Telepathic Illusions
- Telepathic Camouflage
- Telepathic Manipulation
- Memory Alteration
- Mind Control
- Mind Possession
- Personality Alteration
- Mental Paralysis
- Mental Amnesia
- Mind Transference
- Heal Trauma
- Mental Sedating
- Neural Jumpstart
- Dilate Power
- Mind Link
- Psychic Blast
- Astral Projection
- Mental Detection
- Telepathic Defense
- Psychic Firebird
- Force Field
- Tactile Telekinesis
- Telekinetic Aura
- Matter Transmutation
- Phoenix Force Avatar
- Interstellar Travel
- Cosmic Pyrokinesis
- Cosmic Teleportation
- Concussive Force Blasts
- Telekinetic Sensitivity
- Energy Absorption
- Life-Force Control
- Temporal Manipulation
- Existence Mastery
|Power Grid |
|* Heightened ratings when using the Phoenix Force.|
- Gifted Intelligence
- Expert Pilot
- Astral Combatant
- Hand-to-Hand Combatant
- Non-Psionic Combatant
- Class 596+
- X-Men Uniform
- Stylized X-Men Uniform
- First X-Men Uniform
- Cerebro (formerly)
- Cerebra (formerly)
- Various X-Men vehicles
- Sentinel Air Transport
- X-Men Blackbird
- X-Men Stratojet
- X-Factor Plane
- No special notes.
- ↑ Modern Comics: X-Men Vol 1 15
- No trivia.
- Appearances of Jean Grey (Earth-61615)
- Character Gallery: Jean Grey (Earth-61615)
- Quotations by Jean Grey (Earth-61615)
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