Phoenix (comics)

Phoenix (comics)

character_name=Phoenix Force

caption=The Phoenix entity. From the back cover to "Classic X-Men" #8. Art by John Bolton
creators=Stan Lee
Dave Cockrum
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut="Uncanny X-Men" #101 (Oct 1976)
alliances=X-Men Hellfire Club Galactic Guardians
aliases=Phoenix, Jean Grey, White Phoenix of the Crown, Star-Child, Chaos-Bringer, Black Queen, Dark Phoenix, Child of the M'Kraan Crystal
powers=Life-force manipulation
Indeterminable cosmic and psionic power
Cosmic awareness
Energy and matter manipulation
subcat=Marvel Comics
The alias of Phoenix has been used by several fictional comic book characters published by Marvel Comics. The first, Baron Helmut Zemo, used the alias only once, but the later bearers of the identity are far more notable, and all are associated with the Phoenix Force. The Phoenix Force is famous for its central role in one of the most influential storylines in American superhero comics, the "Dark Phoenix Saga", and is usually linked to Jean Grey.

Fictional character biography

The Phoenix Force is an immortal and mutable manifestation of the prime universal force of life. Born of the void between states of being, the Phoenix Force is a child of the universe. It is the nexus of all psionic energy which does, has, and ever will exist in all realities of the omniverse, the Guardian of Creation, and a de-facto guardian of the M'Kraan Crystal.

The Phoenix is among the most feared beings in the entire existence - having the power to cut and re-grow any part of the universe, as well as destroy it entirely, which is part of the Phoenix's purpose: "The Judgment of the Phoenix", to burn away the obsolete. The Phoenix Force is described as being "the embodiment of the very passion of Creation – the spark that gave life to the Universe, the flame that will ultimately consume it."

During its time as a sentient entity, it traveled the cosmos just like other cosmic beings. At first, the Phoenix Force was a formless mass of energy, but thousands of years ago, it came to Earth, and met a magician named Feron (who worshipped the legendary Phoenix), whose daydream-like visions prompted the Phoenix to adopt the firebird form it has today. He asked the Phoenix to help him by lending its energy to project a stone pillar (which resembled a lighthouse) across the multiverse. The pillar became the lighthouse base for the British super-team Excalibur (a team its future host Rachel Grey née Summers herself would join). Afterwards, Feron was attacked by Necrom in an attempt to steal the power of the Phoenix. Feron, strengthened by the Phoenix Force, was able to fight back but Necrom was able to steal a fraction of the Phoenix Force's essence forcing it to flee back to space in agonized confusion. The Phoenix Force returned to Earth when it felt the mind of a human transcend the physical realm, a mind that resonated with the Phoenix Force's energy. A young Jean Grey had telepathically linked her mind to her dying friend, Annie Richards, to keep Annie's soul from moving to the afterlife. In doing so, Jean's mind was being dragged along to the "other side" with Annie. Phoenix lent its energy to break the connection, and kept close watch on young Jean, as it felt a kinship with the young mutant. Years later when Jean was dying on a space shuttle, her mind called out for help and the Phoenix Force answered and saved her, transforming Jean into Phoenix.

As originally written, the Jean Grey incarnation of the Phoenix was not a separate cosmic entity, but Jean herself, having attained her ultimate potential as a psychic ["Uncanny X-Men" #101] , only to become slowly corrupted by the manipulation of such foes as Mastermind and Emma Frost; unable to adapt to her enormous power, Jean was driven mad. Becoming Dark Phoenix, Jean destroyed a planet populated by sentient creatures (by eating the sun of that planet's solar system to satisfy her "hunger" as Dark Phoenix) and subsequently died committing suicide on Earth's moon ["Uncanny X-Men" #137] .

In order to return Jean to the fold several years later, this storyline was retconned to reveal the existence of the cosmic Phoenix Force entity, which had created a duplicate body of Jean, believed itself to be Jean, and acted in her place while the real Jean lay in a coma in the ocean. This let Jean be revived as a member of X-Factor. The extent to which the duplicate and Jean are separate entities depends on who is writing the character(s) at the time.

Part of the Phoenix Force joined with Jean's clone, Madelyne Pryor, until she also committed suicide and the Phoenix consciousness rejoined with the awakened Jean. Another possessor of the Phoenix Force is Rachel Summers, Jean's daughter from the Days of Future Past alternate future. The Phoenix Force accepted her as a host, allowing her to use limited amounts of its immense powers to enhance her own.

During the mini-series ', the Phoenix Force returned to Earth and resurrected Jean Grey from her grave. Through a number of incidents, including Jean having Wolverine kill her a number of times, Jean trapping herself in a glacier, the Phoenix Force jumping into Emma Frost, and parts of the X-Men being trapped in a Shi'Ar-generated event horizon, Jean Grey managed to assert herself and gain control of the Phoenix Force and rescue everyone from the event horizon. Jean then declares that she and the Phoenix force are truly one entity now, have transcended into the White Phoenix of the Crown. Unfortunately, as a result of a Shi'Ar attack on the Phoenix Force, it is currently in an incomplete state and Jean must now search out the remaining parts of the Phoenix Force. The consequences of this were partially addressed in ' in which a small part of the Phoenix Force joined with the Stepford Cuckoos. After nearly losing control to the Phoenix power, the Stepford Cuckoos developed a secondary mutation, in which their hearts turned to diamond and they were able to imprison the piece of the Phoenix Force.

During an encounter with Galactus the Devourer of Worlds, Rachel Summers— at the time completely overtaken by the Phoenix Force— battled Galactus in an effort to save a planet he was preparing to devour. ["Excalibur" #25] The Phoenix Force disrupted Galactus' feeding process and thus was able to eventually defeat the depleted world devourer in battle. Galactus accused the Phoenix Force of hypocrisy and revealed to it that every time it exercised its powers on such vast scales, it robbed energy used to birth future generations. Realizing this to be true, the Phoenix vowed never again to use its powers to such an extent.

The extent of the Phoenix Force's abilities has not been fully clarified. In a certain retconned issue, the Phoenix can be seen holding the Universe-616 in the palm of her hands - modifying them at will. Jean Grey as The White Phoenix of the Crown was able to change the future of a universe by reaching back in time and pushing her husband Cyclops to move on with his life.

The Phoenix will become Dark Phoenix if it allows human emotions to cloud its judgment. In this state, Phoenix is the strongest, but also is an evil entity. It thirsts for power and destruction. Totally uncontrollable, it is a force to be reckoned with as it is not bound by a human conscience. When Dark Phoenix flew back into space, her true firebird form was seen across the entire universe and even demanded the attention of Eternity.

Dark Phoenix was first released in the Dark Phoenix Saga. Under the mind illusions of Mastermind, the Phoenix entity (thinking it was Jean Grey) was inducted into the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club as its Black Queen. The X-Men tried to save 'Jean,' but Mastermind's illusion showed the Black Queen enemies from the past - revolutionary rebels and slaves. Confident in his illusion, Mastermind killed Scott Summers in front of 'Jean.' This arrogant act released 'Jean' from his illusion. She saved the X-Men, but grew furious with Mastermind. Through his illusion the Phoenix entity had experienced the darker emotions of humanity: lust, power, anger, destruction, and a vast hunger. The X-Men defeated the Inner Circle, but the Phoenix's wrath had been unleashed. She turned on Mastermind and showed him the true scope of power she held. He could not handle the knowledge, and was left catatonic.

Dark Phoenix has reappeared throughout many "What If..." storylines and has even been in Marvel/DC crossovers. Over the years whenever Jean's powers flared, many of her teammates feared Dark Phoenix' return, although Dark Phoenix had never actually been Jean Grey. After once again merging with the Phoenix Force, Jean had all of Dark Phoenix' memories and she feels the weight of five billion lives upon her soul.

Dark Phoenix has recently reappeared in the mini-series "Phoenix: Endsong", by using the body of Jean Grey-Summers as a host once again. It is not long before she remembers what she has come for - Scott Summers (a.k.a. Cyclops). She needs to feed from the energy from his optic blasts, and confused by Jean's emotions thinks she's in love with Scott. When she realizes Scott is in love with Emma Frost (former White Queen of the Hellfire Club and headmistress of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning) she possesses her instead. But Jean comes back to fight the Dark Phoenix, reveals they are one and the same, and orders the Phoenix force to leave Emma's body. With emotional support of all the X-Men, Jean then transforms into the White Phoenix of The Crown. This is signified by a new white and gold costume. They then both return to the White Hot Room, a higher plane of reality within the M'Kraan Crystal to gather all her pieces. However, one of the Phoenix fragments returns in the bodies of the Stepford Cuckoos in the mini series "Phoenix: Warsong".

List of hosts

* Rook'shir: A Shi'ar
* Feron: Ancestor of the modern day Feron
* Jean Grey: The Phoenix' longest host and possessor of the Phoenix Force. Together they have become the White Phoenix of the Crown, marking them the most powerful Phoenix Force and Host combination.
* Rachel Summers: Jean Grey's daughter from an alternate timeline, still in possession of a fraction of the Phoenix Force.
* Diamanda Nero: She briefly became the host of the Phoenix after her fight with Rachel.
* Professor X: Charles Xavier briefly possessed a fraction of the Phoenix Force during his time with the Starjammers.
* Quentin Quire: Revealed to be a host in the "Here Comes Tomorrow" storyline.
* Emma Frost: Emma briefly became the host for Phoenix during the Force's latest visit to Earth. However, she was not truly able to contain the Phoenix. See "".
* Stepford Cuckoos: The Cuckoo Celeste became the host of a fraction of the Phoenix after Jean Grey returned to the White Hot Room. The three sisters eventually imprisoned the fraction inside of their diamond hearths. See "".
* Giruad: from Guardians of the Galaxy, Earth-691.
* Prime: Briefly possessed by the Phoenix Force while it was in the Malibu Universe.
* Amber Hunt: Possessed by the Phoenix Force while it was in the Malibu Universe.
* Other characters were only possessed by the Phoenix Force during out-of-continuity tales. This includes Nightcrawler, Storm and Gabriel Summers in separate "What If..." stories, as well as Cyclops in the X-Men / Teen Titans inter-company crossover.
* Colossus: Colossus' soulless body is reshaped into female form and possessed by the Phoenix Force in the alternate world of Nocturne.

Powers and abilities

The Phoenix Force has the ability to manipulate cosmic energies and to tap into the life-force reserved for future generations, thus denying them existence. It can wield this energy to project beams of immense destructive force. It can transmigrate throughout time and space by folding its energy back into itself, causing it to collapse akin to a black hole and then reform itself upon reaching its destination. It can directly absorb energy such as Cyclops' optic blasts or even the entire energy of a sun. It is also capable of absorbing the energy and life-force from a foe. As it is the nexus of all psionic energy, it has mental abilities of cosmic scope, including telepathy and telekinesis. Often the Phoenix seeks out hosts who have strong inherent psionic abilities so they can withstand its power, such as that of Emma Frost who could not bear the burden of Phoenix' hunger for human emotion when it bonded with her. [X-Men: Phoenix - Warsong #5] When the Phoenix Force enters a host, a small fragment of its power is left behind when it leaves. Even a small fragment can be stronger than an inexperienced host using the Phoenix Force's powers, as seen by Rachel Summers, who had full access to the Force, but her opponent threw moons at her with only a fragment (the Phoenix Force decided to not interfere with mortal beings and only allowed Rachel to tap into the Force's powers at that time). When bonded with a host, the Phoenix Force amplifies their abilities to incalculable levels. It can manipulate matter on a sub-atomic level and transmute elements (e.g., turning wood to gold, stone to crystal, etc). It can teleport others across space and can also open intradimensional portals to instantaneously access distant locales of the Universe. If the Phoenix Force is harmed or killed, it will form an "egg" of cosmic power, incubate in the White Hot Room, and hatch out completely healed. Also, as one of the oldest cosmic beings the Phoenix Force possesses a high level cosmic awareness and prescience.

Other versions

Age of Apocalypse

In the Age of Apocalypse reality, after Jean Grey's death at the hands of Havok, nuclear bombs set to destroy America were suddenly destroyed by a bird-like display of fiery psionic power. It was Jean, awakened as the Phoenix (known as "Mutant Alpha", the legendary ultimate mutant). Sinister captured Phoenix, and brainwashed her into becoming one of his Sinister Six. He then turned Phoenix against the X-Men, displaying the personality of Dark Phoenix. Phoenix generated so much heat that even Sunfire was nearly burned to death, but Psylocke used her psychic knife to bring her to her senses. Jean used the Phoenix Force to incinerate her former "master", and became leader of the X-Men in Magneto's absence.

Ultimate Marvel

In the "Ultimate X-Men": Date Night arc, Majestrix Lilandra of the Church of Shi'Ar Enlightenment, claims that a Phoenix God is the force that created life itself. First the Phoenix created the stars, planets, as well as everything else in the universe. Many millennia later, the Phoenix created lifeforms on those planets and watched them grow and prosper. However, as time went by, the civilizations grew more advanced and sophisticated, and soon became jealous of the Phoenix. They wanted its raw, unimaginable, and limitless power for themselves. Soon after, the inhabitants of the planets waged war upon the Phoenix, trying to control it, as well as its power. They amassed a great army, bringing together a hundred civilizations. But the Phoenix fought strongly for thousands of years until the life-forms found a way to imprison it since it couldn't be killed. But as conventional methods could not imprison it, they created vortex to suck in the asteroids and planets around it, creating a spherical cage, but at a cost, the Phoenix would be trapped in it forever. As the millennia went by, the Phoenix Force's cage began to evolve; oceans formed, mountains rose, plants grew and life-forms began to sprout upon it. Soon those life-forms evolved into humans and the cage in which the Phoenix resided became Earth. The Shi'Ar Church believed that the Phoenix was the very core of the Earth. (Some of the Church's beliefs appear to be modeled on those of Scientology; see Space opera in Scientology doctrine)

Jean Grey was placed in a mental institute after she began hearing voices and seeing visions of an omnipotent Phoenix god. After her release, she later thought she had contacted a celestial god-entity which destroyed worlds.

As a result, the Hellfire Club believed that it would be in their best interests to summon the Phoenix and merge it with Jean Grey via a ritual. With Jean acting as the Phoenix Force's human avatar, she would be worshipped in a greater world. While the ritual was successful, the Phoenix had different plans and promptly slew the Hellfire Club. In the "Ultimate X-Men": Hellfire and Brimstone arc, the Phoenix Force makes its first appearance as the entity/personality within Jean's body.

Subsequently, Jean managed to gain some control over Phoenix, though not without using dangerous amounts of its power and causing extreme destruction. In the process, she telekinetically lifted a mass of land and atomized it, destroyed a helicopter and ten men within, created a giant Phoenix Raptor, and subdued a woman named Spiral.

Recently, Charles Xavier was confronted by Lilandra Neramani, the leader of a religious group known as the Shi'Ar, who worship a god known as the Phoenix. As a result of their meeting, Lilandra asks for permission to study Jean Grey to determine whether or not she truly is the embodiment of the Phoenix Force. During the examination, the Phoenix entity apparently asserts itself in an evil form but is seemingly suppressed by Professor Xavier's more experienced psychic powers and his emotional outreach to Jean Grey's normal personality.

After the suppression of what seems to be the Phoenix Force, Lilandra and Charles are informed by Gerald, Lilandra's assistant, that Jean's test has proven to be negative. Gerald also reveals that Jean Grey's parents have a connection to the Shi'Ar Church and postulates that Jean's subconscious has manifested a false Phoenix persona after being subjected to Phoenix Force stories in her youth. Feeling that she has lost her mind Jean slips into a depressed state and begins seeing green creatures latched on to her body. However, it is then revealed to the reader that Jean has actually tested "positive" as the carrier of the Phoenix Force and Gerald has covered it up under orders from his actual superiors: the Hellfire Club.

Jean soon learned to control the powers of the Phoenix more and more. When Apocalypse prepared to kill Xavier, Jean merged with the Phoenix, creating a humanoid fiery entity whose power was able to bring down the ancient being.

In "Ultimate X-MenFantastic Four Annual #1", a teenage Franklin Richards is shown to be host to the Phoenix, and a member of that timeline's X-Men.

Legacy of Fire

In a reality similar to the Marvel Mangaverse, the Phoenix Force is not just an entity, but a weapon. The Phoenix Sword as it was called was guarded and wielded by the sorceress Madelyne Pyre, who inherited the sword from her mother. When Madelyne's time as wielder of the sword was nearly up, she trained little sister Jena in the arts of fighting and magic. When their reality's version of Shadow King stole the Phoenix Sword, Jena tried to get it back, and Shadow King stabbed her with the sword. But in doing so, he inadvertently passed the powers of the Phoenix Sword to the dying Jena, who became the Phoenix Force's first host. She used the powers of Phoenix to vanquish Shadow King, and is now the guardian of her dimension.

31st century

In the 31st century in the Guardians of the Galaxy comics series, ordinary human Giraud of New Haven becomes host to the Phoenix Force. As Phoenix, Giraud is a rarity for a Phoenix host; since he is an ordinary human with no magic or psionic abilities —-- only those powers granted him directly by the Phoenix Force.

"What If?"

The timeline shown in "What If" v2, #79 diverged from the main reality on the fateful day when the X-Men’s shuttle passed through cosmic radiation during re-entry to Earth.

Jean Grey had been knocked out and could no longer pilot anymore. So it was Ororo who volunteered to steer the capsule with her elemental powers. However, she was not as successful as Jean, and all of the X-Men, except for Wolverine, died during the crash. Ororo seemingly survived and emerged from the wreckage as Stormphoenix, now displaying absolute control over all aspects of the weather.

She erected a benevolent dictatorship on Earth, drawing young mutants to her side and freezing the super-beings who opposed her in the atmosphere. As she grew more cruel and detached from humanity, the remaining heroes—as well as her acolyte, Kitty, and her mentor, Ahadi—hatched a plan to get rid of her. They examined the space capsule and found the real Storm, who had been placed in a healing cocoon and submerged in the Hudson Bay.

Kitty took over her body and they confronted Stormphoenix as the fake she was. Shocked back to its senses, the Phoenix left Earth, but the real Ororo died in the process.

The "What If" Special for X-Men: Rise and Fall of the Shi'Ar Empire looks at what would have happened if Vulcan had inherited the powers of Phoenix via the M'Kraan Crystal.

In this reality it was Vulcan who ended up inside the M'Kraan Crystal, instead of Professor X. Through the M'Kraan Crystal, Vulcan ascends to the White Hot Room where he meets the Phoenix Corpses, one of them being Kid Omega, who says that Vulcan doesn't belong there. Vulcan takes Kid Omega's powers and slays all the Phoenix Corpses taking all their powers along. He goes out of the Crystal and takes the pieces of the Phoenix Force out of Rachel and Korvus. Wielding supposedly the full Phoenix Force, he destroys the Shi'Ar Empire along with Xavier, Nightcrawler, Polaris, Warpath, Darwin, the Starjammers, Gladiator and Lilandra with a single strike along with planets being shattered.

Only Rachel and Havok survive, because they escape through teleportation. They are not sure who or what caused a stargate to seemingly open. Then Vulcan destroys 1/3 of the Annihilation Wave along with Annhilius himself. Nova pleas Ronan to escape. However like he did to the Shi'Ar Empire, Vulcan destroys the Kree Empire. The Watchers comment, that the Phoenix “consumed” a galaxy, it was the 7th galaxy to fall. Rachel and Havok arrived at Earth and with Cyclops and Cable engage Vulcan. The match takes place in the island that was torn to pieces, Krakoa, however, apparently wielding the Phoenix Force holds no limits to what it can do as Krakoa is now alive and intact. However as the battle erupts Vulcan begins to lose control. Rachel warns Gabriel, that the Phoenix Force reacts poorly to negative emotions. The consequences of losing total control will not only consume himself but the entire reality.

Finally letting go of the rage and hate he holds, he proceeds to halt his rampage, and accept his death. Then all the actions are revealed. It's none other than Jean Grey who is the White Phoenix of the Crown. It was Jean that opened the teleportation portal so Rachel and Havok could escape to Earth, she also shows Gabriel that wielding the ultimate power won't give him what he truly wanted, being loved. After his death, Vulcan is shown as a child once again, and he goes to the White Hot Room where he's comforted by Jean. She jokingly tells him that she always had a soft spot for Summers men.

Note: All the actions are narrated by the M'Kraan Crystal's guardian Jhaf.

Marvel Zombies

Phoenix appears in the second Marvel Zombies mini-series. The zombie survivors of the first series, who now possess the powers of Galactus, have been joined by other "cosmic level" zombies including an unnamed Dark Phoenix who appears to be Jean Grey. She is responsible, along with the others for eating all life in the universe.


Phoenix has appeared in the following intercompany crossovers:

*Dark Phoenix teamed up with Darkseid in the "Teen Titans/X-Men" crossover between DC and Marvel Comics' respective teams. The story was made by Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson and Terry Austin in 1983. The story follows Darkseid conversing with Metron for the Anti-Life Equation at the edge of the Universe. Metron and Darkseid make a deal, and Dark Phoenix becomes part of that equation. The Teen Titans try to stop Darkseid, with the help of the X-Men, who later go head to head with Deathstroke the Terminator. The Dark Phoenix breaks free from Darkseid's grasp, is briefly hosted by Cyclops, and eventually dies again. The team-up is generally considered non-canonical by fans. With good reason, as unless stated otherwise by the companies themselves, inter-company crossovers generally take place outside of the normal continuity.
*The Phoenix Force was transported to the Ultraverse in "The Phoenix Resurrection" where it possessed the pyrokinetic ultra Amber Hunt. The X-Men, Ultraforce, Exiles, and numerous other characters team-up to stop the Phoenix from destroying the world.

In other media


*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 Force's transformation into Dark Phoenix, 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." Notably, however, as the Phoenix Force retcon had occurred before the creation of the series, the episodes were made with this change in mind - rather than having Jean develop her powers independently (as was the original intent of the comics), or be replaced by the cosmic Phoenix Force entity (as events were later retconned), the two concepts were merged, into Jean's actual body being "possessed" by the Phoenix Force, leading to a true struggle between two independent entities. Rather than destroying an inhabited system -- which was the cause for the decision to kill off the character in the comics -- the animated story had her destroy a deserted system and only disable the attacking Shi'Ar cruiser. These changes made it possible for aspects of the original ending of "Uncanny X-Men" #137, in which Jean survives, to be used. Jean does still commit suicide (taking control of the Shi'Ar's laser beam to fire on herself, rather than finding an ancient weapon), but with her death, the Phoenix Force is purified, and then uses its powers to resurrect Jean, drawing on the combined life-force of the assembled X-Men to bring her back to life. Jean retained her original basic powers, whereas in the aborted comic book ending, she would have been lobotomized by the Shi'Ar and lost them entirely. She was voiced by Catherine Disher.
*The Phoenix Force makes a cameo in the last episode of "" following Apocalypse's defeat. Her cameo is part of Professor Xavier's glimpse of the future, and shows Jean Grey screaming out as she becomes the Phoenix.
*The Phoenix makes a apearance in episode 20, Breakdown, of "Wolverine and the X-Men". It is revealed that it is Jean who causes the explosion as she transforms into The Phoenix and that the Hellfire Club is intent on taking the power from her for themselves.Fact|date=September 2008


*Famke Janssen plays Jean Grey in three movies, beginning with "X-Men", in which she is dating Cyclops but becomes attracted to Wolverine.
*In the second X-Men movie - "" - Jean Grey's powers are evolving. As Jean Grey uses her powers, a fiery aura appears in her eyes. In the climax of the movie, she is engulfed in a fiery aura as she holds back a tsunami of water from a burst dam to save the other X-Men. In the final scene, a giant flying fiery bird can be seen reflected in the water.
*In the third X-Men movie, "", Jean becomes Phoenix. Jean is the only known class five mutant. At a young age, Xavier locked some of Jean's powers away as she could not control her near-infinite abilities. This causes a split in Jean's psyche—between Jean Grey and the Phoenix (what her split-personality calls itself)—and drives her to insanity. During the movie, Jean and Phoenix battle for dominance. Jean tells Wolverine she thinks she killed Scott, although this is never confirmed. Phoenix destroys Xavier and joins Magneto. Jean/Phoenix abstains from a battle on Alcatraz until the military reinforcements show up and try to shoot her; Phoenix then gains full control and demolishes the island, ripping it and everything on it apart on the molecular level. Wolverine climbs his way to Jean's side while his flesh is peeled from his Adamantium covered bones, his healing factor keeping him alive. He calls to Jean, but there is only the Phoenix and it does not understand his actions. Logan tells Jean that he would die for her and that he loves her. His heartfelt words pull Jean to the fore; she asks him to save her. He stabs her with his claws, killing her and ending the destruction. Jean is buried on the X-Mansion ground, besides the markers of Scott and Xavier.

Video games

Jean Grey appears as "Phoenix" in the ' games for the Sony PlayStation under the codename Phoenix and also as "Dark Phoenix" in '.

In "", Jean Grey, who is a playable character, has some attacks related to the Phoenix Force, such as the ability to resurrect another character during gameplay, and the player can also select for her both the original and Dark Phoenix costumes. In addition to Jean Grey, the PlayStation Portable version of this game also includes the Dark Phoenix separately as an unlockable bonus character. Her attacks are mainly related to the Phoenix Force itself, and is arguably the most powerful playable character in the game.

In "", the Dark Phoenix made an appearance in the ending of the game if the player chooses to save Nightcrawler instead of saving Jean. Since Jean Grey doesn't die in the Infinity Vortex, she will return to Earth in the form of the Dark Phoenix to take vengeance upon those who didn't save her.

In "", a costume called Spider-Phoenix represents Spider-Man as host of the Phoenix Force, though Spider-Man can't use Phoenix' powers in game.


External links

* [ Phoenix Force on the Marvel Characters Bio Wiki]

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