Jean Grey in other media

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Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Original source Comics published by Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men #1 (September 1963)
Films and television
Film(s) X-Men (2000)
X2 (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
The Wolverine (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Television
show(s)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men: Evolution (2000)
Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)
Games
Video game(s) X-Men Legends (2004)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009)
Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011)

Jean Grey is a member of the X-Men, and has been included in almost every media adaptation of the X-Men franchise, including film, television, computer and video games.

Television and visual media[edit]

Early TV appearances[edit]

X-Men[edit]

Jean Grey as Phoenix in the X-Men animated series.

Jean Grey-Summers is a central character in the X-Men animated television series of the mid-1990s voiced by Catherine Disher. In the third season, she serves as the main antagonist. As in the comics, she was in a relationship with Cyclops, eventually marrying him while being the target of Wolverine's unrequited affection. For the most part she was a warm, friendly person who when necessary stepped in and played peace maker between Cyclops and Wolverine. As far as her relationship with Cyclops was concerned, they were very happy and content with each other, in stark contrast to Gambit and Rogue, who were often fighting and bickering. The entire saga of the Phoenix is retold and adapted in the third season of the X-Men animated series, subdivided into the five-part "Phoenix Saga," in which Jean acquires the power of the Phoenix and the battle for the M'Kraan Crystal occurs, and the "Dark Phoenix Saga", showcasing the battle with the Hellfire Club, the Phoenix's transformation into Dark Phoenix (voiced by Tracey Moore), and the battle to decide her fate. These particular episodes are as close as the cartoon came to directly duplicating the comic book storylines - the "Dark Phoenix Saga" is so accurate to the original stories that the episodes have the additional credit, "Based on stories by Chris Claremont". She also appears in Spider-Man: The Animated Series in the 1990s in first the fourth and fifth episodes of Season 2 along with the rest of the X-Men.

X-Men: Evolution[edit]

Jean Grey in X-Men: Evolution.

Jean Grey appears as a central character in the animated TV series X-Men: Evolution voiced by Venus Terzo. She is a popular soccer player and also teaches and trains the mutant students of Xavier Institute. Jean is also a popular athlete of Bayville. She wears a black costume with green accent. Since she is a telepath, she's the one who operates Cerebro aside from Professor Xavier. When humans found out about the existence of mutants, Jean was accused of using her physic/psionic abilities for things that she successfully accomplished without using her powers, such as playing basketball in school.

At one point, Jean lost control of her powers which caused her to be uncontrollably read people's minds telepathically. The X-Men were having a hard time trying to help her, but luckily Rogue was present and used her powers to drain enough of Jean's energy for Scott to prompt her to focus on him. Jean appears to have a fear of clowns, as shown in one episode where she is running away from several evil clowns in a nightmare. The villain Mesmero uses this to take control of her mind, so she could do his bidding.

Jean's personality is cheerful, slightly tomboyish, quick-tempered, with a sort-of jealous streak and some insecurity issues that would appear later in the series. She possesses telekinesis and telepathy, initially only being able to move objects with her hand. She can remote-view others, be in psychic rapport with others and can tell if another speaks the truth. Later on, her telekinetic abilities greatly strengthened and increased to the extent that she can now move multiple objects as heavy as a helicopter without effort and create psionic blasts that can render a person unconscious within a few seconds. She is capable of flight at high altitudes, and with intense concentration can divert the water flowing from a dam while in flight.

At the start of the series, she dated popular but unpleasant football player Duncan Matthews while struggling with growing and strengthening love feelings for her longtime friend and teammate Scott Summers. In the third season, Jean finally severed ties with Duncan and began a strong and close romantic relationship with Scott after saving him from nearly being murdered by Mystique.

When Professor X became Apocalypse's horseman, she faced him and they fought mind-to-mind . After Apocalypse's defeat, Professor X had a future vision that Jean would eventually become possessed by the Phoenix Force within her and become their most terrible of enemies.

Wolverine and the X-Men[edit]

Jean Grey appears in Wolverine and the X-Men voiced by Jennifer Hale. After a mysterious explosion at the Institute, Jean was lost and the X-Men disbanded. Logan tried to convince Cyclops to return to the team but he declined. After Professor X finally convinced him, the X-Men were reformed. Mr. Sinister fooled Cyclops in to thinking that he had Jean, but of course it was only a set-up. Unknown to anyone, Jean was in a hospital. When she finally awoke, the doctors asked for her name but she could not remember anything.

Jean's past was revealed and she is shown in her teenage years being confronted by Magneto and Professor X, ultimately joining the X-Men, becoming part of the original five that included Angel, Beast, Cyclops and Iceman. Magneto then tried to force Jean to join him by attacking the X-Men, but she fought and defeated him, forcing him to admit that she was much stronger than what he originally thought. Specifically, Jean prevented Magneto from crushing a visorless Cyclops with a bus and using her telekinetic powers to restrain Cyclops's optic beams, then guided him aiming at Magneto, blasting his helmet off ("We'll do this together" she told him via telepathy); it was around this time that she apparently developed a romantic relationship with him. After working at the Institute for a few years, Logan develops a huge romantic crush on her at first sight. Cyclops and Logan confront each other regarding this matter, which ended with Jean scolding Cyclops for lashing out at Wolverine. In the pilot, she is still shown berating Cyclops for his poor behavior towards Wolverine and demands that he apologize.

Back in the present time, Jean is being helped by a nurse named Marjorie on trying to recall her name. Marjorie starts speaking name after name and would not stop even though Jean asked her to. Jean became confused and not realizing what she was doing, lost control of her telekinetic powers. This caught Emma Frost's attention when it registered on Cerebro and went to pick her up with Cyclops. Meanwhile, Jean is being chased by the MRD in the hospital and, once cornered, ratted out by the nurse Marjorie, she unintentionally manifested her enormously powerful Phoenix Force abilities in the heat of her fear and hopelessness, which caused an intensely strong psychic/telepathic wave that affected almost the entire city. Archangel, under Mr. Sinister's command, went to capture Jean but Cyclops and Emma intervened. They soon discovered that the reason why Jean was not in mental contact with Scott was because she had no memory of him. Archangel pursued them as they tried to get Jean home, Cyclops desperately fought him, but in the end both he and Jean were captured so that Sinister could take samples of their DNA for his experiments. The X-Men came to rescue them and fought the Marauders, but just as Archangel is about to kill Cyclops, Jean manifests her immensely powerful Phoenix Force abilities and defeats him. Scott was able to calm her down and take her to the Institute for rest and promised her that she would regain her memories in conjunction with Emma's help. Everyone at the institute then became unconscious, except Emma who was revealed to be an undercover agent of the Hellfire Club who now had Jean.

The Hellfire Club was then able to claim Jean as one of their members. By using the combined telepathic powers of both Emma and the Stepford Cuckoos, they mentally tricked Jean into doing what they wanted by using images of Scott and Professor X. But the mental contact was interrupted by Scott's unusually strong physic/telepathic connection to Jean. The Stepford Cuckoos then tried to release the Phoenix Force so they could be hosts, and seemingly succeeded. Emma was shocked when she learned the true purpose was for the Inner Circle to control the vastly limitless power and energy of the Phoenix when she originally thought that they were trying to release the Phoenix back into space to prevent the world from destruction. Jean and Cyclops then left to fight the Phoenix, but not before Jean angrily pinned Emma to the wall and telekinetically bound her with iron pipes after seeing her passionately kiss Cyclops (leading her to suspect that Emma may have plotted to steal Cyclops from her). Jean was unable to subdue the Phoenix herself, prompting Cyclops to attack the cosmic entity, only to be struck down as Jean watched in horror. Before the Phoenix could kill Cyclops, Emma Frost, freed by Wolverine, arrived and took the Phoenix Force into herself, seemingly dying in the process. Jean has rejoined the X-Men and her memories have since returned and appeared to have reconciled with Cyclops.

The Super Hero Squad Show[edit]

Jean Grey appears in The Super Hero Squad Show voiced by Hynden Walch. In the episode "Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant Academy" (oddly while the comic book cover intro for the episode shows Jean wearing a childlike version of her classic Phoenix costume, she wears a cheerleader uniform with a X-logo in the actual episode), she is the only cheerleader at X-Men academy. After she becomes a victim of Ringmaster she still shows her peppy side in cheers (Call me Phoenix, call me Jean. Red-haired, mutant, prom night queen. I'll rap you with a mental hurl, if you call me Marvel Girl Go Mutants!), after she's done her cheer she uses the Phoenix Force and creates a heavy windstorm in the hallway to open the lockers and find a fractal while under Ringmasters control. She also makes an appearance in the episode "Ice Man Cometh" where she is telekinetically keeping the water from the melted ice caps from hitting the school.

X-Men Anime[edit]

Jean Grey in X-Men Anime.

Jean Grey appears in Marvel Anime: X-Men voiced by Yurika Hino and voiced again by Jennifer Hale in the English distribution. At the beginning of the series, she is consumed by the Phoenix Force and nearly destroys the world with her tremendous strength and power. The X-Men engage in a brief battle with her, until she ultimately sacrifices herself to save the world. Although she apparently dies, she assists the X-Men with conflicts through a strong telepathic link in later episodes, such as saving Professor X from hallucinations, and appears as the White Phoenix of the Crown, encouraging the X-Men to keep on fighting to save the world. She was in a strong and close romantic relationship with Cyclops, and had a necklace with a ruby stone with gold in the shape of a phoenix, which was a gift from Cyclops. The necklace was then given to Hisako as a sign that Cyclops can finally let Jean go, as he recognizes her sacrifice as a symbol of love for her friends and the world. Her Dark Phoenix persona is taken from X-Men: The Last Stand where her face is full of dark veins and her eyes become entirely black.

Iron Man: Armored Adventures[edit]

Jean Grey appears in Iron Man: Armored Adventures with Venus Tenzo reprising the role. In this series, she is under the alias Annie Claremont (a composite homage to her friend Annie Richardson's death that triggered her powers and Dark Phoenix Saga writer Chris Claremont). She temporarily enrolls in the same school Tony Stark, James Rhodes and Pepper Potts attend while looking for a special school for mutants in the area, and after telepathically learning about Tony and Rhodey's secret, she confides in them. Tony and Rhodes, after sympathizing with her, rush to her aid when she is kidnapped and coerced by Magneto to assassinate rabid anti-mutant politician Senator Kelly. After defeating Magneto with the help of her new friends, she is approached by Professor Charles Xavier offering her a place in his institute.

Astonishing X-Men[edit]

Jean Grey appears in the Astonishing X-Men motion comics voiced by Eva Kaminsky.

Film[edit]

Famke Janssen portrays Jean Grey/Phoenix in the feature films X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. A young version of the character is also seen in X-Men: The Last Stand played by Haley Ramm.

X-Men[edit]

Main article: X-Men (film)

In X-Men, Jean Grey is introduced as a doctor who is called to witness before a United States Senate hearing on what Senator Robert Kelly sees as the growing danger of the mutant population. Jean speaks out against the proposed Mutant Registration Act, saying that mutants who have registered under the Act are often met with fear, hostility, and violence. Her argument is unsuccessful as she is interrupted by Kelly as he stirs up the fears of those listening.

Some time later, when the X-Men have rescued Wolverine and Rogue from an attack by Sabertooth (one of the members of Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants, a militant terrorist group who believe that mutants are the next stage of evolution and must by necessity wage war on humanity), Jean is tending to an unconscious Wolverine when he wakes and, disoriented and panicking, attacks her. Once Professor Xavier is able to calm Wolverine and takes him on a tour of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Xavier explains that Jean was one of his very first students and that she is both the school's doctor and a member of the X-Men who helps to teach the control of mutant powers at the academy.

As Jean helps Wolverine settle in, she reveals that she is a rare psychic: one who possesses both telepathic and telekinetic powers. She acknowledges that she is not the strongest mutant but she hopes to further develop her powers. Wolverine, who is doing very little to hide his blatant attraction to her, encourages her to read his mind, an action that startles Jean by drawing the two closer together, though she maintains her relationship with Scott Summers (Cyclops), much to Wolverine's chagrin as he and Cyclops share an instant, mutual dislike of each other.

When Rogue goes missing, Xavier uses Cerebro (a machine that amplifies telepathic power to link the user's mind with whomever they concentrate on) to locate her, also revealing that Magneto had once been Xavier's friend and had helped to build Cerebro, thus being able to shield himself from its power. When Wolverine asks Jean why she does not use Cerebro herself, she acknowledges that she is not strong enough, an opinion Cyclops shares. When the X-Men go on a mission to retrieve Rogue and are ambushed by the Brotherhood, Jean is the only member of the team to hang back with Professor Xavier and not engage the enemy.

When the Brotherhood's intentions become clear - to use Rogue rather than Wolverine, as first thought - Xavier returns to Cerebro, unknowingly initiating a trap that Magneto's loyal follower Mystique had planted, leaving Xavier in a comatose state. To further complicate matters, Senator Kelly, who had been kidnapped by Magneto and exposed to a radiation machine that triggered mutation in normal humans despite their bodies rejecting the change, comes to the mansion looking for Jean's help. Following Kelly's death and Xavier's collapse, Jean takes matters into her own hands and repairs Cerebro, locks herself inside, and uses the machine for the first time. When Cyclops is able to reach her, the experience has drained her and left her weak, but she reveals that she successfully penetrated Magneto's mind and knows where he is and what his plans are.

When the X-Men head to Liberty Island, where Magneto has concealed his machine in the torch of the Statue of Liberty to unleash the radiation on a World Leadership Summit, the X-Men are attacked by the Brotherhood. Jean uses her telekinetic powers to temporarily subdue Toad, but is quickly defeated and must be saved by Cyclops. When the X-Men regroup for a final confrontation with Magneto, Jean uses her telekinesis to aid Storm's winds in helping Wolverine reach the torch to destroy Magneto's machine. After the battle, Jean once more tends to Wolverine's wounds, where he professes his feelings for her and she once more gently rebuffs him.

X2: X-Men United[edit]

Main article: X2 (film)

X-Men 2: X-Men United takes place some months after the events of X-Men. Jean Grey is still acting as a teacher and leader at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, a safe haven for mutants. During a routine school outing to a natural history museum, Jean temporarily loses control of her telepathic abilities, suddenly hearing the thoughts of those around her until the noise overwhelms her and her telekinesis lashes out, disrupting the electronics around her. Cyclops manages to calm her down, and Jean tries to pass it off as just a "headache".

Cyclops confronts Jean about this rather than letting it go, revealing that Jean has been experiencing power fluctuations recently; Cyclops notes that she once had trouble levitating small objects across the room yet now whenever Jean has a nightmare the entire bedroom shakes. Jean reveals that her dreams are getting worse, hinting that she is also developing a sense of precognition. When the news report breaks about a mutant attack on the President at the White House, the group retreats back to Xavier's mansion. The X-Men meet in Xavier's office, where Cyclops maintains that Magneto is behind the attack. Jean quietly disagrees, and Xavier decides to send Storm and Jean to track down the attacker while he and Cyclops will visit Magneto for further inquiry.

Before Jean can leave, Wolverine returns, re-igniting the casual animosity between Cyclops and Wolverine as Wolverine does very little to hide his attraction to Jean, who appears somewhat conflicted, though she once more stays with Cyclops before leaving the mansion with Storm. Jean and Storm track down the mutant Nightcrawler, a teleporter, in an old church, and Jean confidently freezes him from teleporting with her telekinesis. She and Storm discover that the deeply religious Nightcrawler has no idea why he attacked the President and may have been under the influence of some sort of mind control. They bring Nightcrawler with them as they plan to return to the mansion.

While they are flying home, the mansion is attacked by William Stryker and his troops, and Jean is contacted by Wolverine to come get himself, Rogue, Iceman and Pyro from Iceman's childhood home, where they are being trapped by police. Jean and Storm arrive, but not before Pyro unleashes his ability to manipulate and control fire on the police. When the Blackbird (the X-Men's jet) leaves the scene, the police call the Air Force, who pursue the fleeing X-Men. Storm summons fierce tornadoes to eliminate the threat, destroying both pursuing planes, but not before one plane manages to fire two tracker missiles. Storm is unable to destroy them and a desperate Jean taps into her fluctuating power. Her eyes flare with red fire and she improbably completely destroys one of the missiles before she loses control of her power and cannot stop the second missile from hitting the plane.

The X-Men are saved by Magneto, who repairs the Blackbird with his magnetic powers and safely lands the jet. Magneto and Mystique reveal that Stryker hates all mutants and has hijacked Xavier and Cerebro. Stryker's plan is to use his mind-controlling serum on Xavier and, by having Xavier use Cerebro to concentrate the full force of his telepathy on mutants, kill them all. Magneto goes on to say that Nightcrawler's mind must be tapped to find Stryker's base. Jean uses her telepathy to break through the mind control barriers in Nightcrawler's memory; while she does so, strangely, the campfire next to her flares several feet high before she releases her power, having found Stryker's base in an underground complex at Alkali Lake.

Working on fixing the Blackbird later, Jean is confronted by Wolverine and confesses she didn't know where the power she used came from, and that it has taken a lot out of her. Wolverine and Jean share a tender moment and finally a kiss, but Jean firmly rebukes Wolverine and chooses her relationship with Cyclops over her attraction to Wolverine, walking away.

The X-Men form a strike force and invade Stryker's base, with Jean using her telekinesis with impunity to dispatch Stryker's troops. The X-Men split up, with Wolverine going directly after Stryker to confront the man about his involvement in Wolverine's mysterious past, Storm and Nightcrawler going after the children from the mansion who were captured, and Jean staying with Magneto and Mystique to find the new Cerebro and shut it down. While the three hunt for the machine, Jean senses danger and telekinetically shoves the two out of the way of Cyclops, who is under the control of Stryker, and is blasting his optic blasts at the trio. Jean takes on Cyclops alone, using her powers to throw him yards away, something she had never been able to do before. In the basement of the complex, the two go head to head, and Cyclops unleashes the full power of his optic blasts on her, something Jean had once noted could cut through a mountain. Impossibly, she is able to completely shield herself from his attack; her eyes once more burn with red fire and a visible aura of power surrounds her as she turns Cyclops' attack on himself and unleashes an explosion of power that cracks the very foundation of the dam they are under.

Cyclops, once more under his own control, finds Jean has broken her leg in the blast and helps her to her feet. Right before Xavier, under Stryker's influence, unleashes the power of Cerebro, Jean is able to sense that the X-Men are too late. The X-Men and mutants worldwide come under psychic attack, but Magneto and Mystique turn the tables and reconfigure Cerebro and confuse Xavier into attacking humans instead of mutants. The X-Men are able to reach Xavier and defeat the mutant controlling him, Stryker's own son, Jason.

The explosion of power initiated by Jean and Cyclops has had a devastating impact, however; the dam is ruptured and Alkali Lake will soon drown the structure and reclaim the land around it. The X-Men believe that hope is lost until Rogue manages to pilot the still-damaged Blackbird to a crash-landing at the X-Men's feet. The group boards the plane, desperately trying to fix it and escape the onslaught of water that will destroy the Alkali Lake site. Jean stands back from everyone, a look of complete and utter calm overtaking her, before she smiles sadly and limps off the plane.

Jean, injured and alone, stands between the Blackbird and the oncoming wave of destruction. Xavier notices Jean's absence and Cyclops races for the exit; Jean slams shut all doors and seals them before taking psychic control of the Blackbird and repairing the damage to the ship, while at the same time psychically blocking Nightcrawler's powers so that he cannot teleport to her and get her to safety. The X-Men stare in shock as Jean, once the weakest of the team, throws up her hand and telekinetically blocks the wall of water from hitting the Blackbird, creating a circle of safety for her friends and loved ones while she repairs the jet. While maintaining this feat, she furthermore psychically takes control of Xavier's body for a brief moment to tell the X-Men "goodbye".

As the Blackbird rises triumphantly into the air, Jean confidently turns toward the water, her eyes burning with red flame and psychic flames erupting all over her body, a look of complete peace and triumph on her face, before she finally lets go and allows the water to crush her, vanishing under the onslaught and sacrificing her life for the X-Men. The X-Men struggle to let go and move past her death - Scott more so. But Charles Xavier said that Jean made a choice. Logan tells Scott that "she did make a choice" and that it was her love for Scott. Jean's voice narrates that mutation is the key to human evolution while an enormous firebird flies under the surface of Alkali Lake.

X-Men: The Last Stand[edit]

Main article: X-Men: The Last Stand
Famke Janssen as Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand.

In X-Men: The Last Stand, Professor Xavier and Magneto, still friends, enter a home twenty years previously. In the home, they find a young child named Jean Grey. She acts differently from other children and makes her parents markedly nervous. When the two ask to be alone with Jean, Xavier reveals that he senses she is reading both of their thoughts without difficulty. Jean casually tells the two that she doubts they are anything like her and, while reading their minds and communicating telepathically, telekinetically lifts several cars and a lawnmower into the air while also reversing the flow of gravity and making her neighbor's water hose flow up rather than down. Magneto marvels at the display, but Xavier subdues Jean and asks her whether she will control her power or let her power control her.

Presently, the X-Men are still struggling with the death of Jean Grey some months ago. When Wolverine returns to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters after another of his absences, he and Storm are forced to take control of training the X-Men as Cyclops, once the team leader, has descended into a complete depression and will not participate. Professor Xavier offers the role of leadership to Storm, noting that Cyclops is a "changed man" and cannot be counted on.

In fact, Cyclops is being haunted by dreams of Jean being crushed by the water of Alkali Lake, hearing her voice calling for him over and over. When it grows to be too much, Cyclops leaves the mansion just as it is announced that a major pharmaceutical company has developed a way to suppress the mutant "X-gene" permanently, being touted as a "cure" for mutants, which immediately and dangerously divides the mutant community. Cyclops travels alone to Alkali Lake, the site of Jean's death. On a promontory over the lake he begs for Jean to stop haunting him, but hears her voice calling to him once more. Losing control, he blasts the full force of his optic beams into the water. A massive whirlpool forms before blast of pure energy knocks Cyclops off his feet before an overwhelming radiance emerges from the waters; Cyclops stares, stunned, as the light recedes to show Jean Grey, alive, standing before him.

They embrace, though Jean herself is unmistakably different, appearing both confused and yet completely at ease. After sharing a kiss, Jean removes Cyclops's ruby quartz glasses, the only thing holding his power in check. Assuring him that she can control it, Cyclops hesitantly opens his eyes and is shocked that Jean has telepathically "fixed" his inability to control his powers. Overjoyed, they kiss once more, though as the kiss deepens Jean's eyes open and darken before Cyclops's skin begins to ripple. He opens his eyes in pain and a psychic blast hits Professor Xavier, who demands that Storm and Wolverine go to investigate Alkali Lake immediately.

When they arrive, the entire area is blanketed with a thick, unnatural fog. Storm and Wolverine both sense something indefinably wrong and want to leave. Storm uses her powers to clear the fog, but not before Wolverine notices a drop of water drifting into the air, defying gravity. When the fog clears, the lake is surrounded by huge floating rocks and other strange disturbances. Wolverine notices Cyclops's glasses floating in the air and quietly pockets them without alerting Storm. Storm screams for Wolverine, who runs over to find an alive and unconscious Jean. Cyclops is nowhere to be found.

Wolverine and Storm meet with Professor Xavier in the hospital wing of the mansion, where Jean lies unconscious as Xavier telepathically probes her mind. He ascertains that she did not die, but somehow managed to wrap herself in a cocoon of pure energy to heal herself until she could reawaken. When Wolverine demands to know what is going on, Xavier hesitantly reveals his role in Jean's past.

Jean Grey is potentially the most powerful mutant alive, registered as a "Class 5". Xavier discovered that Jean's power was tied to her subconscious, rather than her primary, thinking mind. This means that her most primal, animalistic self is tied to her incredible power. Fearing a loss of control, Xavier placed psychic blocks around Jean's power, allowing her to access it a little at a time as she grew older and able to maturely handle her power. When Jean accessed Cerebro months before, it ripped through the psychic barriers in her mind, explaining the explosive power fluctuations at Alkali Lake leading to her "death". Xavier further revealed that Jean's mind dangerously split itself under his influence, with her primal subconscious taking on a full personality that came to refer to itself as "the Phoenix", a purely instinctual creature that is the full expression of Jean's power.

Xavier explains that the Phoenix is incredibly dangerous and must be controlled, referring to this as "caging the beast", which leads Wolverine to snap at the ethical implications of what Xavier had done and what he was still doing to Jean's mind. Xavier defends himself by saying he'd chosen the lesser of two evils, implicating that he had considered killing Jean to protect the world from the Phoenix, saying they had no idea what she was capable of. Wolverine responds that Xavier had taken away Jean's choice in her life and that he'd had no idea what the Professor was capable of. Xavier largely ignores this and continues to work on Jean's mind.

As Magneto begins to stir up a war between mutants and humans over the "cure", Wolverine finds himself alone with Jean in the hospital room. She wakes suddenly and is strangely different, acknowledging for the first time her own attraction to Wolverine. Becoming sexually aggressive, she and Wolverine begin to kiss and move toward initiating sex, with Jean even wounding Wolverine with her powers to bring him closer. This serves to warn Wolverine that something is wrong, and he stops despite Jean's protest. When Wolverine mentions that Xavier had said Jean might be "different", her entire demeanor instantly changes to confrontational and angry. Realizing that he is dealing with the Phoenix, Wolverine demands to know what happened to Cyclops. This upsets Phoenix, and when Wolverine shows her Cyclops' glasses, Jean emerges, confused and terrified, before she confesses that she did indeed murder Cyclops.

Stunned, Wolverine tries to calm her down as her powers begin to destroy the hospital wing around them, Jean unable to control her impulses. She tearfully begs Logan to kill her before she kills another person. Logan refuses, reassuring her that she'll be alright if she lets Charles help her. But the Phoenix, enraged, blasts Wolverine into the wall hard enough to break the wall and exits the room, disintegrating and blasting the heavy metal doors out of her way. When Xavier and Storm find Wolverine, he tells them that Cyclops is dead, which shocks Storm but seems to confirm Xavier's fears. Despite Phoenix trying to block him out, Xavier manages to locate her. Meanwhile, one of Magneto's new followers who can sense mutant powers tells Magneto that a Class 5 mutant, more powerful than anything ever sensed, has come into being. Understanding immediately, Magneto demands to know where she is.

At Jean's childhood home, the Brotherhood and the X-Men stand guard while Xavier and Magneto enter the house, which shows the psychokinetic signs of Phoenix's presence. Xavier tries to reason with her, trying to bring Jean out again, but Magneto encourages the Phoenix's anger, confusing her and frustrating her as more begins to telekinetically go wrong around her. When Xavier demands that she face her guilt at murdering Cyclops, Phoenix loses control completely and begins to psychically duel with Xavier. As the X-Men and Brotherhood fight around them, Phoenix gains the upper hand, telekinetically overwhelming Xavier and lifting both him and the entire house from the ground. Wolverine and Magneto stare in shock as Xavier begs Jean not to let her power control her, before Phoenix obliterates him. When she realizes what she's done, she sits on the ground and stares in confusion and sadness like a child at the empty wheelchair, before leaving with Magneto.

As the X-Men mourn Xavier and Cyclops, Wolverine refuses to accept that Jean is completely lost, especially when she psychically calls for his help from Magneto's campground. He goes to find her despite Storm's angry dissuasion. In the encampment, Magneto further encourages the Phoenix, referring to her as a goddess. Phoenix cruelly dismantles a gun holding needles filled with the "cure" and threatens Magneto with them, comparing him to Xavier as she notes that he just wants something from her too. Magneto insists he just wants her to be as "nature intended": free.

When Wolverine enters the campground, he and Phoenix meet in the woods, though she does not say a word, not even to warn him that Magneto is approaching. Magneto blasts Wolverine away as she watches.

When the Brotherhood of Mutants and their army marches on Alcatraz Island, where the "cure" is being produced, Phoenix goes with them. When the X-Men join the battle, Phoenix watches, conflicted, but takes no part in the battle. After Magneto is injected with the "cure" and finally defeated, the X-Men hesitantly approach Phoenix, whose eyes fill with tears, before government troops fire on her as an enemy. Phoenix protects herself and sends a desperate look to Wolverine, who understands what she wants as she flies into the air and begins to tear the world apart, disintegrating the Blackbird, the labs, and all humans and mutants left on the island as the ocean begins to rise into the air around her. Wolverine approaches, as he heals too fast for her to disintegrate him. Phoenix strikes him again and again, but he finally reaches her, and she demands to know why he would die to reach her. He simply answers, "For you, Jean."

This final plea reaches the true Jean Grey, and she fights through the Phoenix just long enough to ask for Wolverine to save her. Wolverine declares his love for Jean, then unwillingly stabs her through the heart with his claws. In her final moment, Jean smiles, the same look of calm on her face that had overtaken her before she sacrificed herself to save her friends months before, and she truly dies in Wolverine's arms, the ocean waters falling as a healing rain on the fiery destruction around them. Jean is buried next to Cyclops, as simply "Jean Grey", and her grave is next to Xavier's monument in the garden at the mansion.

The Wolverine[edit]

Main article: The Wolverine (film)

In The Wolverine, Wolverine has withdrawn completely from the world, haunted by dreams of Jean who alternately forces him to relive killing her but also wants him to join her in death. When Wolverine is forced back into the world and is given a chance to give up his immortality by relinquishing his powers, in his dreams Jean urges him to give in and rest. As Wolverine comes to see that in his dreams Jean represents his inability to let go of the past and move on, he finally tells Jean that she was hurting people and needed to be stopped. Jean smiles and walks out of Wolverine's dream, vanishing into bright light, signalling that he was accepted that she's passed on, perhaps to a better place, allowing Wolverine himself to move on and defeat his enemies.

X-Men: Days of Future Past[edit]

While in the past, the time-displaced Wolverine encourages the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) to reform the X-Men and recruit Jean for the future team, along with Ororo and Scott, arguing that the good they accomplished outweighs the bad they experienced. When the timeline resets, Logan is astonished to discover that Jean and Cyclops are alive and well in the new timeline, suggesting that the events of X-Men, X2 and The Last Stand played out very differently. [1]

X-Men: Apocalypse[edit]

Bryan Singer confirmed in an interview that young Jean will appear in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse,[1][2] with a possible appearance by Janssen in the film. The young Jean will be played by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.[3]

Video games[edit]

X-Men games[edit]

Other Marvel games[edit]

Marvel Ultimate Alliance[edit]

In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Phoenix (voiced by Sarah Waits) appears as a NPC for the PS2, Xbox, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and PSP versions, and is a striker character in the Game Boy Advance version. In the PC and next-gen console versions, she is initially kidnapped by Arcade putting her under mind control and forces her to battle the player's team. After she is rescued, she assists the player's mission to rescue Nightcrawler from Mephisto's realm, only to be captured by Blackheart in the process. After defeating Blackheart, the player has the choice to save either Jean or Nightcrawler, since saving one results in the other's death. If Nightcrawler was rescued, then Jean will be resurrected by Mephisto (this will occur during the game). After you defeat Phoenix during the fight against Mephisto, Jean Grey-Summers dismisses herself as an echo of her past self and sacrifices her life to defeat Mephisto. In the end of the game, it is revealed if the player let Jean die, she will return as the Dark Phoenix and exact her revenge on those who did not save her. On a side note, she has special dialogue with Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Invisible Woman, and Cyclops. On the game's PC Version, Jean is available as a playable Mod character from Marvel Mods. There are several versions of Jean which give her different powersets. These include powersets from the 1990s, Morrison's Run, current Phoenix, Dark Phoenix, and Goblin Queen. She also has powersets based on her XML2 and MUA2 (both the Xbox 360/PS3 and the PSP/PS2/WII) versions. She has many costumes including all her Phoenix costumes, Marvel Girl, Original X-Men, First Class, Black Queen, Maddie Pryor, AOA, Ultimate, 1990s, Here Comes Tomorrow, New X-Men, Evolution, Movie, X-Factor, as well as many custom costumes.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2[edit]

Jean Grey appears as a playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 voiced by Molly Hagan. She can be unlocked by collecting 5 shards of the M'Kraan Crystal. Her default costume is her Phoenix costume. She uses telepathy, telekinesis, and the power of the Phoenix. Jean's alternate costume is her X-Men: First Class costume and she fits in the X-Men, Masters of Energy, Repentant Killers, Natural Leaders, and Femme Fatales team bonuses. Since she is a playable character in this game, her fate in the first game is non-canon. In the game she has a special conversation with Cable, however this conversation is only available if you pick Anti-Registration in the game, it deals on their family relationship and the status on the Civil War. Jean also has the unique ability to possibly resurrect herself from the dead in both versions of the game. In game, whenever Jean picks up an object the object hovers, giving the effect that Jean is holding the object with her tk. During her block, whenever she is hit by a projectile a telekinetic shield is partially visible. There is quite a difference in the PS2/PSP/WIII version of her and her Xbox 360/PS3 version. In the former, Jean's telekinesis and telepathy is in the form of her pink energy signature, along with some fiery powers. She also harnesses the signature Phoenix raptor during fusions. In the latter version, all of Jean's powers are fiery energy, including her telekinesis and telepathy. No Phoenix Raptor is in this version of her. Jean is not playable in the DS Version. Jean also appears on the back of the MUA2 cover for all versions. For some reason on the back of the cover she possess the fiery mane type of hair that she had under the artistic work of Phil Jimenez and Greg Land, but in the actual game she has straight hair.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds[edit]

Jean Grey under the name of "Phoenix" appears in the crossover fighting game Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds as a playable character voiced once again by Jennifer Hale. She is widely considered to be one of, if not, the most powerful character in the game winning many major tournaments and being played by many high level players. She has the lowest vitality of any character in the game, a little less than half of the next lowest health characters, but compensates for this by having tremendous damage output. She can teleport at distances, use telekinesis for her throw attacks, and heal her red-damage life bar with Healing Field Level 1 hyper (by getting close to enemies). Her main projectile attack is TK Shot, a cosmic fireball that varies in speed depending on the button pressed. Her one and only offensive Hyper Combo is Phoenix Rage, where she shoots a huge cosmic Phoenix raptor at her enemy, heavily burning enemy at contact. If her lifebar is emptied with the Hyper Combo gauge at maximum (5), she will transform into Dark Phoenix. Although her health is completely restored upon turning into the Dark Phoenix, her life bar depletes at a steady rate. However, her attacks become more powerful, shoots out small projectile feathers with normal attacks. and the Hyper Combo gauge refills at a faster rate than normal.[6] Phoenix sports four alternate color schemes based on her classic look, her early 1990s appearance drawn by Jim Lee, which shares similarities with her appearance in Chris Claremont's X-Men Forever, and her costumes from Greg Pak's X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong and Grant Morrison's New X-Men.[7]

In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Phoenix has two additional colours as well as a DLC costume. The DLC costume is available in The Dead Rising Pack and it is her 1990s Jim Lee look. The pack was released on the 22nd of November 2011 and was the first pack to be released. The pack also contains additional costumes for Ghost Rider, Frank West and Nemesis. In Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Phoenix has been toned down to reduce overall character use, but can still be very destructive in the right hands.

Toys[edit]

Jean Grey-Summers has appeared in several X-Men toy lines, including the popular Marvel Legends line. Her first figure appeared within the Shi'ar assortment of X-Men figures, with her wearing her green Phoenix costume and included an electronic light up hair and eyes feature. Eventually a Jean in her 1990s outfit was offered as part of an exclusive line called She-Force (Subsequently, the figure was only a repaint of a previous figure). Later, she was a part of the Onslaught assortment, this time wearing he blue and yellow costume that she wore for most of the 1990s, which was oddly preposed with very little articulation. Following this figure, she was a part of the X-Men Space Riders assortment, wearing a variation of her 1990s costume that also included added space suit parts. After this, a better looking, more articulated version of Jean in her 1990s outfit was designed and shown at Toyfair. Unfortunately, the line had later been canceled and the figure never saw release.

In Marvel Legends series 6, she appeared in her Phoenix (green) costume, with a Dark Phoenix variant. The Phoenix figure was later re-released as part of the X-Men Classics Line. A figure of Jean Grey from X-Men: The Last Stand was released in the second series of Marvel Legends from Hasbro with a Dark Phoenix variant as well.[8]

A Phoenix figurine has also been released as part of the "Superhero Squad" line of non-articulated figurines. These small scale figurines depict famous Superheroes in "kiddie" variations. Phoenix is released as a two-pack with the brown and orange costumed Wolverine. A Dark Phoenix variant has also been released as a Toys 'R' Us exclusive boxset.

A Phoenix toy was created based on the first X-Men movie. Three different variants were released. The first had her with an open top, no bra, and her hair down. The second had a redesigned head with her hair tied back, and a bra painted on underneath her open top. The third had the same tied back hair do, but the chest was redone and closed up, making it the most accurate of the three variations.

A Jean Grey-Summers figure was also created as part of Toy Biz's Famous Covers assortment. The figure depicted her in her blue and yellow 1990s outfit.

Jean Grey is the eleventh figurine in the Classic Marvel Figurine Collection.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "X-MEN: APOCALYPSE WILL STAR CYCLOPS, JEAN GREY AND STORM". Sci-Fi Now. May 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Exclusive: Watch 'X-Men' Writer Simon Kinberg Answer Questions About 'Days of Future Past' and the Coming 'Apocalypse'". Yahoo Movies. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/402367-alexandra-shipp-sophie-turner-and-tye-sheridan-join-x-men-apocalypse
  4. ^ "New Heroes Revealed at NYCC 2012!". Marvel Heroes. 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbxvvsuuTuk
  6. ^ "Marvel vs Capcom 3 - Haggar and Phoenix". Capcom-Unity. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Behind the Alternate Costumes". IGN. 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  8. ^ "ML6: Phoenix review". OAFE. Retrieved 2010-09-13.