If there is an absolute rule in Marvel Comics that no fan doubts, it is that any dead character will surely resurface at some point. The publisher recently announced that it is reviving Jean Gray for a new five-issue series called Phoenix Resurrection, saying the series is just the beginning of a longer project.
“Something so big will leave a mark on the Marvel Universe,” said the company’s senior editor, Mark Paniccia. “Jean will have a new and surprising role and after that, you will ask yourself, ‘How are the rest of the X-Men going to respond? What will happen to the young Jean Gray? ‘”When talking about the“ young Jean Gray ”, the editor is referring to a version of the character brought to the present of the Marvel Universe by Beast.
In an arc currently under development by the company, the Beast brought several younger characters to the present – including the Cyclops, the Beast himself and the Iceman – in an attempt to change the events that are happening. After discovering a bleak future of deaths, resurrections and fighting, these young versions of the original four X-Men decided to stay in the present instead of returning to their own timeline, trying to correct what their older versions did.
According to Marvel’s official synopsis for the new series of magazines, we have:
“Strange events are no surprise to the X-Men, but when the events that begin to occur are more specific and strange than usual, the group is forced to face the truth: could Jean be alive after all? And how is this Jean Gray going to deal with a world now so different from the one she left years ago?
Marvel’s Gray resurrection is part of the publisher’s new line, Marvel Legacy, which will bring a series of popular characters to longtime fans of the company’s classic superheroes. Phoenix Resurrection marks the first time the character has returned to Marvel comics since New X-Men # 150, which was released 13 years ago.