The interwebz are all a-twitter with speculation about the return of Jean Grey. And I have ALL OF THE FEELINGS. All of the ragey, ranty, not remotely rational, fangirl feelings.
What we know, according to “news” that broke on Entertainment Weekly, is that Marvel is building up to an announcement at SDCC that involves the post-AvX 616. And today they released the first piece of the puzzle.
The quote from the article says,
"Yes, this is Jean Grey — as in, the Jean Grey who’s been absent from Marvel Comics ever since dying for a second time back in the mid-’00s. And yes, she is modeling her vintage blue-and-yellow X-Men outfit from her Marvel Girl days. Does this mean that the fan-favorite character is finally returning?"
And lo! the speculation is upon us! I have hypothesized about this in a rational manner before. But today, I’m feeling the fangirl fire. And what is the internet for if not strong, unfounded opinions?
1. “It’s Hope Summers taking up the Marvel Girl mantle.”
Have you MET Hope? She’s stubborn and full of conviction and very much her own woman. She is NOT going to take up someone else’s legacy; she’s going to forge her own
2. “Jean is better dead.”/”Other characters are more interesting because of her death.”
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME WITH THIS! First, that is some serious Women in Refrigerators shit right there. And who the hell is more interesting for it? Scott? Dude’s got an insane amount of guilt issues all on his own. Logan? Dude’s compelling on his own. Two, she is not Kenny from South Park. She does not, nor should she, exist just to die. And C. I’ve already talked about how her death in relation to Scott and Emma’s relations is completely unnecessary.
3. “Why can’t people just stay dead.”
Look up Phoenix. Not the city in Arizona, the fantastical bird that dies in a burst of flames and is reborn from the ashes—over and over and over again. Also, you really want me to list how many characters have come back? I mean, Bucky and Thor died and came back THIS YEAR ALONE.
4. “Jean Grey is incubating inside an egg on the moon until 2154.”
Oh, Grant Morrisson.
5. “Jean is part of the Phoenix Force. Of course she’s coming back.”
If there was any part of Jean or her consciousness left in the Phoenix, the members of the Phoenix Force 5 would NOT have the powers of the Phoenix. I mean, Illyana? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? She’s EVIL. She openly admits, “Do not trust me, idiots.” And she’s got the power of Phoenix? I mean, I’m ALL about seriously messed up shit happening because she’s got supreme power. And I’m waiting for Namor and Emma to be totally corrupt with their new power. PS - Scott looks like Nightwing.
6. “Marvel wants to turn you into an insane person so you will buy ALL OF THE COMICS.”