With all the news, rumors, and theories surrounding the next — presumably Jean Grey-centered — #XMen film, it is an exciting time be a fan of the former Marvel girl. The film, which is under the working title Teen Spirit, will begin production this June, but fans won't have to wait for the finished product before getting their Jean Grey/Phoenix fix. This spring, #Marvel will release Jean Grey #1, a solo comic that will follow Jean on a journey that changes her fate and leads her to encounter the Phoenix Force.
You may be wondering how much more could possibly be done with Jean after 54 years of stories, but don’t worry — the creative duo Dennis Hopeless (All-New X-Men, X-Men: Season One) and Victor Ibanez (Extraordinary X-Men, Storm) have some big things in store for this Omega-level mutant.
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Wait, Jean Grey is Alive? Again?
Jean Grey is famous for dying and coming back, over and over, since she first encountered the Phoenix Force in Uncanny X-Men #101–108. Jean died for the last time in 2003 in Grant Morrison’s New X-Men #150, after assuming complete control of the Phoenix Force’s power.
In 2012, All-New X-Men saw a young #JeanGrey brought to the present with the rest of the original X-Men to prevent Cyclops from committing mutant genocide. When the time comes, the original X-Men were unable to return to the past. Now, they live in the present alongside the older versions of themselves. This allowed for new events and revelations, including the controversial realization that Iceman is gay.
All About Jeannie
The new Jean solo series is part of Marvel’s 2017 ResurrXion line, and will see Jean set off on her own to try and rewrite her fate. With no older version of herself to turn to like her peers, Jean will set out to explore the Marvel Universe, studying under some of its greatest heroes to understand her connection to the Phoenix Force and discover what its plans are for its next return to Earth.
According to series writer Dennis Hopeless:
"It’s a sort of trials of Hercules story. Jean gets a premonition of sorts. She’s told the Phoenix is back in play and that the Earth is doomed unless Jean Grey can step up. Unfortunately, the Jean Grey we have is a wildly unprepared teenager. Our Jean needs to level up in a hurry. She needs to step into those huge shoes and become the full grown badass we all know she will eventually. So, she straps in and heads out to get some life experience."
Along the way, Jean will face demons from her past and her possible future. It is also likely that she will encounter other characters who have been host to the Phoenix Force, including Quentin Quire, Hope Summers, and the Phoenix Five.
While Jean will be be in the spotlight of this new series, she won’t be without her teammates, who will be in the upcoming X-Men: Blue.
"Well, Jean is on 'X-Men: Blue,' so her displaced teammates will be supporting cast members for sure. We also chose a premise that allows us to take advantage of the whole Marvel Universe. Jean will be bouncing all over the place, learning from and battling our favorite heroes and villains. Fans can expect lots of guest stars and crazy locales."
Jean's Got Teen Spirit
Between the Jean Grey comic and X-Men: Teen Spirit, Jean and the Phoenix are experiencing a boost in popularity that they haven't felt since the Dark Phoenix Saga story arc came out in 1980.
Whether the film and comic will influence each other is unclear, though X-Men film history would suggest that the comic books are light suggestions at best. With no official word from #Fox about the nature of the next X-Men installment, we would be wise to save our high hopes and expectations for Hopeless' Jean Grey series, which will be released May 3, 2017.
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(Sources: Comics Alliance)