Ever since the trailer for director 's The Wolverine showed 's return as Jean Grey, fans have been speculating how big her role will be. After all, the Dark Phoenix's power consumed her to the point that Logan had to slice her up with his adamantium claws at the end of 's atrocious The Last Stand (I will never stop hating). If you need a quick recap, here's video from the final battle. I apologize in advance for the events that follow, as well as the inclusion of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life," but hey - I didn't actually make the video or movie:
So yeah, Jean Grey is dead. But considering Jean Grey has been dying since the 1970s (only to be reborn) means that Fox could technically bring her back as more than a flashback. I'm personally hoping that this is what plans to do with X-Men: Days Of Future Past. You could make the argument that that would diminish the death narrative, but considering how half-baked X3 was, I wouldn't be opposed to it.
But could her return happen sooner than we think? That's what people are speculating due to a new poster for The Wolverine. While previous marketing materials put Logan front and center, the latest poster, a Sumi-e ink-inspired image, puts Jean front and center. I can understand why people would assume that this would mean the rebirth of Jean, but the image has an uncanny resemblance to her Dark Phoenix pose from X3, which you can see at the top of the article.
Does this mean that Fox does have big plans to revive Phoenix? Speculate below...