Jean Grey (Marvel Girl/Phoenix)

jeangreyfilmAs someone made me notice, the trailer from The Wolverine confirms yet another character, very well known by the X-Men fans: it’s Jean Grey, portrayed by Famke Janssen, one of the protagonist of the first two films in the series, and the main antagonist of the third one. In the movies, Jean is portrayed as one of Professor X‘s first students, a regular member of the X-Men, and the centre of the love triangle which involves, apart from her, Wolverine and Cyclops. She’s been seen as both a heroic martyr for the mutant cause and as destructive avenger, a tough heroine and a woman afraid of her own powers, and she’ll have a cameo as painful memory for Wolverine in the upcoming movie…but let’s see together who she is in the comics.

Jean Grey was born the younger daughter of John and Elaine Grey. Living in New York, Jean grew up an apparently normal child, with her sisters Sarah and Julia and her brothers Roger and Liam. Everything changed the tragic day her best friend Annie Richardson was hit by a car: Jean’s latent mutant powers awakened, and she found out she was a telepath. Holding her friend’s body, Jean experienced all of the dying girl’s emotions, a clearly traumatizing experience that brought young Jean to depression. She tried all she could to contain her powers since, unable to control them, she could feel all the thoughts, feelings and
emotions from the entire neighborhood. The only possible shelter for the girl was her own mind, and she fell in a state of catatonia. Her father tried anything to cure her, and he brought her to many psychiatrists over the years; finally, when Jean was eleven, one of the jeangreycomics1psychiatrists told John Grey to bring his daughter to Charles Xavier, a renowned professor who could help Jean. Xavier was secretly a mutant, and the world’s most powerful telepath: he knew what Jean was living, and managed to reach her in the hidden corner of her mind. During their first meeting, Xavier revealed to Jean (but not to her family…) that she was a mutant, and that he could help her to control the voices in her head; he also told her that she was special, with the gift of a great potential: most of the mutants developed their powers in their first teens, while she developed her own while she was extremely young. In the following years, Jean learnt to control her telepathy, and, when she was thirteen, she also developed telekinesis; under Xavier’s teaching, she learnt to use her new powers to lift objects and herself too, thus managing to levitate; when Xavier built his telepathy-enancer machine Cerebro, young Jean was already powerful enough to help him calibrate it.

Once, during one of their therapy sessions, Xavier found inside Jean’s mind something like a presence, appearing in the shape of a flaming bird who burst out of Xavier’s controls and reached a young boy in his sleep (the boy was Scott Summers, who would have become, years later, Jean’s husband). Scared by the power of his pupil, Xavier decided to seal it, waiting for the moment in which Jean would have become powerful enough to control it. Years later, while Jean’s telepathy was still at an immature state, her telekinesis seemed powerful and trained enough to be used properly, and Xavier, now revealing himself as Professor X, asked Jean to join his X-Men, a special team of mutant superheroes whose task was to protect innocents, thus jeangreycomics2softing normal people’s feelings towards mutants. Jean agreed and, after convincing her parents to send her to Xavier’s Institute for Gifted Youngsters, she became the fifth X-Man, after Scott “Cyclops” Summer, Hank “Beast” McCoyWarren “Angel” Worthington and Bobby “Iceman” Drake. Jean immediately went along with her teammates, and chose for herself the codename Marvel Girl, which she would have abandoned shortly after. She immediately fell in love with Cyclops, but she was too shy to make any move; during the first missions of the team, the two of them became quite a close-knit couple, with Scott being the deputy leader and Jean coordinating the team with her gift for tactician’s work. Even Scott started to feel something for Jean, but years passed before he could admit it even to himself. When Jean graduated, her parents sent her to Metro College, but she came back to be an X-Man the moment she and Scott finally declared each other their feelings: during this second period in the X-Men, Xavier finally decided Jean had become mature and strong enough to control her telepathy, and unlocked the part of her mind he had sealed years before…without fully understanding what consequences this would have had on his beloved pupil.

Jean Grey is apparently a strong-willed and independent woman, who secretly struggles with her nature, perceived as something alien to herself. Very wise for her young age, Jean won her teammates’ love with her positive attitude and cheerful spirit, but gained their respect with her mature way of facing problems and her innate capability of staying close to people. She is also an extremely powerful mutant, a Level Omega one, who is constantly evolving and becoming more and more powerful. Her telepathy allows her just to read people mind at first, but it grows until Jean is able to manipulate anyone’s mind, controlling actions and thoughts; also her telekinesis started weak, with Jean tired after lifting the smallest things, but it then becomes powerful enough to allow her to manipulate matter to any level without effort. Jean is one of the most powerful beings on Earth, always striving to mantain control over herself.

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  1. […] another coma. The Scarlet Witch, however, had perceived her confusion and her fear, so she called Jean Grey from the X-Men to help her awaking Jewel. When she emerged from the coma, Jessica was shocked, […]

  2. […] and rebirth and some intervention from other mutants (her brother Jaimie and an alternate-universe Jean Grey especially) improved her powers: she’s now able to use telekinesis to move objects, to […]

  3. […] mutants in need all around the world. She even helped Xavier treat one of his very first students, Jean Grey, a girl who had suffered a major psychological trauma after the manifestation of her mutant powers. […]

  4. […] himself in the rebuilt Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, and finds, alive and well, Jean Grey and even Scott Summers, portrayed by James Marsden. Scott already appeared in most of the movies […]

  5. […] future, from the experiments under Weapon X program and his killing of the love of his life, Jean Grey, portrayed by Famke Janssen. In Xavier’s vision, Jean doesn’t appear in her […]

  6. […] mutant came to the rescue: Wolverine. The X-Men, in fact, had spotted Angel using Cerebro, and Jean Grey had used it to direct Wolverine to the girl’s imprisonment place. Wolverine made short work […]

  7. […] to fight him in the Savage Land. During the battle, Ororo was helped by other mutants: Beast, Marvel Girl and Cyclops, the X-Men. With Deluge killed, Ororo came back to her people, but Xavier contacted […]

  8. […] and attacked by the mercenaries. Thhe call, however, had been received, and soon Cyclops, Phoenix and Nightcrawler arrived to save the day. The X-Men defeated the White Queen and her men, and they […]

  9. […] and became Iceman, the second X-Man. Along with his teammates Cyclops, Beast, Angel and Marvel Girl, Iceman swore to protect a world that hated and feared him, following the dream of peaceful […]

  10. […] to chemistry, meanwhile training in the Danger Room with the other X-Men. When a fifth member, Jean Grey, was found, the team finally faced the first mission: stopping Magneto, a mutant terrorist who once […]

  11. […] Fitzroy, hidden in the ruins of Xavier Institute. Here, Lucas found a damaged recording from Jean Grey warning about a traitor among the X-Men; when Bishop asked Witness about it, the old man only gave […]

  12. […] once again after he had become the mutant terrorist Magneto, Xavier found his first students: Jean Grey, Scott Sommers, Hank McCoy, Bobby Drake and Warren Worthinghton III, five mutants looking for […]

  13. […] that was a success. Hank joined the three as the X-Man Beast, and along with his saviors and Jean “Marvel Girl” Grey, the first X-Men were born. Together, the five mutants trained in the Danger Room, learning to […]

  14. […] a particularly hard time for mutants, Angel founded, along with the other original X-Men (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman and Beast) another team, X-Factor, with the sole purpose of hunting down the mutants […]

  15. […] was reached by the original X-Men, sent by Professor X to recruit him in their team: smitten by Jean Grey, Fred agreed to follow them to the X-Mansion, where the Professor could confirm that he was indeed […]

  16. […] current residents on Muir Island. The best option seemed to be the powerful telepath known as the Phoenix, one of the X-Men: he started stalking her day and night, waiting for a moment in which the mutant […]

  17. […] X, the mutant bio-weapon Stryker had been looking for in his work. Weapon X is found and freed by Jean Grey in Alkali Lake, and after he goes on a berserker frenzy (finally!) on Stryker’s men, his […]

  18. […] but Shaw defeated them, and led some mind-controlling experiments on them that later brought Jean Grey to lose control and become the Dark Phoenix. The X-Men managed to escape, and the Hellfire Club […]

  19. […] in the illusionist. As a test for admission, he managed to manipulate the powerful X-Woman Jean Grey into becoming the new Black Queen in the Club. Finally, Mastermind had found someone who could […]

  20. […] and redirect psionic energy (useless against extremely powerful telepaths such as Professor X or Phoenix), and several other abilities depending on the various components he instals in his own body, […]

  21. […] he lost his senses. When he woke up, he was with two people he had never seen before: they were Phoenix and Gambit of the X-Men, mutant superheroes and teachers in a school specialised in young […]

  22. […] Secret Empire and used as a power source for their deadly machines, but she was freed when Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Captain America and Falcon defeated the villains. Tired of being a “second rate” […]

  23. […] McCoy, a mutant lawyer and a civil rights activist. When a young girl (an alternate version of Jean Grey) manifested her powers in an explosion that destroyed Albany things excalated quickly, and the […]

  24. […] mutants, until he found out that the potential son of Scott “Cyclops” Summers and Jean “Marvel Girl” Grey would have been an extremely powerful mutant, one that he could control and use against […]

  25. […] plan. While inside the Club, she revealed herself to some X-Men to help Psylocke and Jean Grey escape from Shaw, but while she succesfully rescued the first one, she failed with the other, in a […]

  26. […] His greatest success was the conversion of Rachel Summers, the powerful daughter of mutant heroes Marvel Girl and Cyclops. Unfortunately, Rachel soon became also his greatest failure: thanks to her psychic […]

  27. […] her indestructible skin and shattering her, and left her for dead. Emma was later resurrected by Jean Grey, but in the meanwhile Bishop and Sage started investigating on the murder. Afraid of being caught, […]

  28. […] for exacting revenge on her and for testing their now maimed powers, they telepathically informed Jean Grey of Emma’s affair with her husband Scott Summers. What Celeste, Mindee and Phoebe didn’t […]


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