Marvel character highlight #18: Jean Grey/Phoenix

Name: Jean Grey-SummersPhoenix

Affil­i­a­tion: X-Men, X-Factor, The Twelve, X-Terminators, Phoenix Corps

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: Omega-level telepa­thy; telekine­sis; Phoenix Force, which grants the abil­ity to travel unaided through space; psion­i­cally manip­u­late mat­ter and any form of energy; cre­ate pow­er­ful “cos­mic” fire; res­ur­rect from death and manip­u­late life energy in oth­ers; and manip­u­late timelines.

Back­ground: Jean Grey had an ordi­nary home life with her par­ents and older sis­ter in upstate New York. That changed when Jean’s friend Annie Richard­son died after being hit by a car. Jean tele­path­i­cally linked with her dying friend, man­i­fest­ing her pow­ers for the first time. To save Jean, her par­ents sought the help of Charles Xavier, who con­nected with Jean and brought her out of her coma. Jean then went to live with Charles at the newly formed Xavier Insti­tute, learn­ing to use her pow­ers. While there, she fell in love with fel­low team­mate Scott Sum­mers and con­tin­ued to go on mis­sions. Dur­ing one mis­sion in space, Jean was exposed to a mor­tally lethal dose of radi­a­tion poi­son­ing. As she was dying, Jean cried out tele­path­i­cally and the Phoenix Force answered her. The Phoenix Force cre­ated a dupli­cate body — which it resided in with Jean’s essence — and placed Jean in a heal­ing cocoon that sunk in Jamaica Bay. The Phoenix Force posed as her for years, while a clone of Jean (Made­lyne Pryor) mar­ried Scott and had a child with him. Jean was res­ur­rected from the cocoon and rejoined her team­mates. Later, Jean and Scott’s mar­riage fell apart and Jean was killed again. She then res­ur­rected her­self using the Phoenix Force and ascended to a higher plane of exis­tence, the White Hot Room.

Rela­tion­ships: John Grey (father), Elaine Grey (mother), Sara Grey-Bailey (sis­ter), Scott Sum­mers (for­mer hus­band), Nathan Christo­pher Charles Sum­mers (Cable; genetic son), Stryfe (clone of Cable; genetic son), Rachel Sum­mers (genetic daugh­ter), Hope Sum­mers (step-granddaughter), Nathaniel Grey (X-Man, genetic son), Made­lyne Pryor (Gob­lin Queen, genetic clone), Cor­sair (Christo­pher Sum­mers, father-in-law), Vul­can (Gabriel Sum­mers, brother-in-law), Havok (Alex Sum­mers, brother-in-law and lover)

First Ver­sus game appear­ance: Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Appear­ances in other media: Spider-Man and His Amaz­ing Friends (tele­vi­sion), The Mar­vel Super Heroes (tele­vi­sion), X-Men ani­mated tele­vi­sion series (tele­vi­sion), X-Men: Evo­lu­tion (tele­vi­sion), Wolver­ine and the X-Men (tele­vi­sion), The Super Hero Squad Show (tele­vi­sion), X-Men (anime), Iron Man: Armored Adven­tures (tele­vi­sion), Aston­ish­ing X-Men (motion comics), X-Men (film), X2: X-Men United (film), X-Men: The Last Stand (film), The Wolver­ine (film), X-Men: Days of Future Past (film), X-Men: Apoc­a­lypse (film), X-Men II: The Fall of the Mutants (video game), X-Men (video game), X-Men: Gamemaster’s Legacy (video game), X-Men: Mutant Acad­emy (video game), X-Men: Mutant Acad­emy 2 (video game), X-Men: Next Dimen­sion (video game), X-Men Leg­ends (video game), X-Men Leg­ends II: Rise of Apoc­a­lypse (video game), X-Men: The Offi­cial Game (video game), X-Men: Des­tiny (video game), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad Online (video game), Mar­vel: Avengers Alliance (video game), Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance (video game), Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance 2 (video game), Mar­vel Avengers: Bat­tle for Earth (video game), Mar­vel Heroes (video game), LEGO Mar­vel Super Heroes (video game), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3: Fate of Two Worlds (video game), Ulti­mate Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3 (video game)

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