|Appeared in|| X-Men|
X2: X-Men United
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men: Days of Future Past
|Status|| Deceased (Original Timeline)|
Alive (New Timeline)
|Actor|| Famke Janssen|
- "I know what I am now. I'd been afraid of what was in me. The power sleeping within. But now I understand. I just had to change. And it's a scary thing, change. It can be painful for those we consider family. But there may come a time you have to leave them behind to protect them, and to better understand your own future. And despite of all that's happened, it isn't the end. Not for me, or the X-Men. It's a new beginning."
- ―Jean Grey[src]
Jean Grey, also known as Phoenix, is a class 5 mutant who possesses telepathic and telekinetic powers; making her extremely powerful and dangerous. Eventually, she is possessed by an immensely powerful cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force, becoming an Omega-level mutant with godlike power.
20 Years before X-Men: The Last Stand
Magneto and Professor X arrive at the Greys' home, on 1769 in an unknown street where they meet a young Jean Grey. The powers of the little girl are beyond imagination, and, while Lehnsherr wants to use them, Xavier fears them and decides to create mental blocks to restrain them. During her sessions with Professor X, Jean developed a dual personality; one being her usual self who can control her power and the other being her powerful and uninhibited side which called itself in Jean's sessions with the Professor the Phoenix which emerges when she loses control of her powers.
- "Mutants are not the ones mankind should fear."
- ―Jean Grey [src]
When Wolverine and Rogue are attacked by the Brotherhood of Mutants and saved by Cyclops and Storm, Jean Grey is the one who cures them once in the X-Mansion. When Wolverine awakes, he's confused and feared and attacks Jean before fleeing. When Professor Xavier has explained to Wolverine the situation, he comes to Jean for making his excuses. The two have a talk, with Wolverine putting Jean's power to a test and teasing her, thus provoking Cyclops' jealousy.
When Xavier is made unconscious by Mystique's poison, Jean uses Cerebro to track down Rogue and Magneto, but her powers aren't powerful enough to use it and, even if she manages to locate them, the machine drains her out making her faint, and erasing the mental blocks Xavier built for restraining the Phoenix.
When the X-Men arrive on Liberty Island to fight the Brotherhood, Jean fights against Toad, yet Toad turned the tables on Jean spewing a thick phlegm-mucus-slime onto her face in which she struggles for oxygen and is found by Cyclops to much of his horror, he saves her by blasting the encrusted slime away. Once on the top of the Liberty Statue, Jean is captured by Magneto with the other X-Men, but manages to break free using her powers and Scott's. She then uses her telekinesis to send Wolverine to Magneto's machine, allow him to free Rogue moments before the Brotherhood's plan is accomplished.
After the mission, she gives the cure to Xavier, assisting him until he's healed from the poisoning. With Magneto captured and the Brotherhood disbanded, Jean returned to her usual life in the school as a teacher.
Jean has restarted her life as it was prior to Magneto's threat, but something has changed: her powers have increased drastically since the day she used Cerebro, and Scott is starting to get worried about their extent: when Jean has some nightmares, in fact, she's powerful enough to shake the entire room.
After Nightcrawler's attack to the President, Jean and Storm are sent to track the mutant and bring him to Professor X. Just for testing her new abilities, Jean drives the X-Jet with her powers, thus making Storm worried about her conditions. The two X-Girls find Nightcrawler in an abandoned church and learn from him that he was forced to attack the White House while under some kind of mind control. Nightcrawler joins the two, and they all together comes back home. On the way to the X-Mansion, Jean and Storm discover that the school has been attacked by William Stryker's men and that the students are prisoners of Weapon X. Intercepting a call from Wolverine, Jean and Storm picks up him and three students (Rogue, Iceman and Pyro) just before they cause too much damage to the Boston police. In flight, the X-Jet is attacked by two F-16's, and Jean uses her power to destroy the missiles they have launched, with her eyes starting to glow with a strange red light. One of the missiles manages to hit the jet, and the X-Men are saved by Magneto, who offers an alliance against Stryker. During a briefing, the former enemies share the respective information about Stryker and his group, and decides for an attack to the Alkali Lake base. Jean finds the location of Stryker's base by reading Nightcrawler's memories. Jean finds out that the base is underground at Alkali lake.
In the base, Jean fights with a brainwashed Cyclops, and she manages to defeat him surpassing the limits of her powers, becoming surrounded by a red, fiery aura. After the battle, the X-Jet is damaged and can't leave the place before the dam bursts. Jean makes a decision, and leaves the jet: using her powers, she stops the flood and raises the jet on the water, then she activates the main engines and makes her teammates flee, just a moment before releasing the flood on herself. All her teammates believe Jean's dead, but, deep under the waters of Alkali Lake, a phoenix-shaped light begins to glow.
Depressed by Jean's death, Scott Summers goes to Alkali Lake to mourn his loss. Once here, he releases a powerful optical blast in the lake, and the ray breaks a telekinetic cocoon built from the Phoenix at the bottom of the lake. Jean Grey lives again, and reaches her beloved on the shore. She takes his glasses, managing to control Scott's power with hers, and the two share a kiss, looking one in each other's eyes for the first time. During the kiss, Jean abandons herself to instinct and accidentally kills Scott.
Worried for Cyclops, the other X-Men arrive on the shore, finding Scott's glasses floating in the air with stones and logs.
A little distant, they find Jean, fainted, and, surprised, they take her back to the X-Mansion. Once there, she tries to seduce Wolverine, but when he refuses her and tries to know about Scott, she explodes: after attacking Logan, confused and angry, she escapes the Mansion and comes back to her childhood home. In here, she's reached by both the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, who start a fight while Xavier and Magneto try to convince Jean to join their respective sides.
When Xavier tries to block her powers again, the Phoenix gets enraged and unleashes all her might, making everyone fly away, destroying her home and killing Professor X. Confused and saddened by her mentor's death, Jean follows Magneto to his hideout. Wolverine follows them and tries to talk with Jean, but the Phoenix personality is strong and sends him flying in the woods.
Magneto believes he can use the Phoenix's powers for his aims, and brings her with him to Alcatraz Island to destroy Worthington's facility. During the battle that follows X-Men's arrival, Magneto tries to make the Phoenix join the battle, but she's not interested, not even when Magneto is depowered by the Cure. Wolverine almost manages to make Jean's personality resurface, but the human soldiers intensify the fire on all the mutants, Phoenix included, so unleashing her rage.
The Phoenix starts a massive attack on everything and everyone, destroying Worthington's facility and killing human and mutants on her way. While everyone is forced to escape, only Wolverine manages to go near her, since his healing factor prevents her from pulverizing him. When the Phoenix angrily asks him; "Would you die for them?", Logan replies "Not for them. For you". In that very moment, Jean resurfaces for a moment and begs Wolverine to stop her. In tears, declaring his love to her, Wolverine stabs Jean Grey, killing the Phoenix and putting an end to the destruction. Jean's grave is put near Scott's and Xavier's, so reuniting them in some way.
- "It's too late"
- ―Jean Grey[src]
Dark Phoenix Prologue
In 1975 a young Jean accidentally killed her parents when her already powerful telepathic abilities caused her family to get into a brutal car crash. While her mother was killed were Jean survived due to putting a protective barrier around herself her father also survived the crash although heavily injured. Blaming Jean for his wife’s death her father handed her over to the custody of Charles Xavier he took her in. Shortly after this Charles Xavier offered Jean the chance to come live with him at the Xavier's School For Gifted Youngster and assuring her that whatever she broke he could fix and that contrary to her belief she was not broken. To help Jean cope with the trauma Xavier blocked out memory of her father and telling her that both her parents had died in the crash.
- "I saw the end of the world. I could feel all this death..."
- ―Jean Grey[src]
In 1983, Jean is a student at Xavier's School of Gifted Youngsters. She is an outsider and is feared by some students due to the uncontrollable nature of her powers. She has had previous instances where nightmares (due to the emerging Phoenix Force) have caused her powers to overload and shake the whole school, scaring her fellow students. She is later seen walking to class where she bumps into new student Scott Summers with his brother Alex, he accidentally knocks her books out of her hands but she catches them with her telekinesis, she also looks into his mind briefly to Scott's annoyance. Jean goes to the campus to practice her archery, a special training technique Professor X gave her, she witnesses Scott fire energy beams out of his eyes and accidentally destroy Charles' favorite tree.
Jean later made peace with Scott after their first encounter before joining fellow classmate Jubilee and newcomer Kurt Wagner by going to the mall to skip classes for the screening of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. They also played games in the arcade and hung out at the food court for slushies. At the records store, Scott showed Jean a record by Guy George, playfully remarking she looked like him, to which Jean took mild offense.
When they return, the school has been destroyed after En Sabah Nur and his four horsemen, including Erik, abducts the Professor. The students, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert, Raven and Hank were evacuated by Peter from the explosion caused by Alex. Col. William Stryker and his men arrive and subdue the others except the students for military interrogation. Jean, Scott and Kurt sneak into Stryker's plane in an attempt to rescue them. Jean shows sympathy and compassion to Scott, whom he grieves in his brother's death.
When they arrive at Stryker's military facility in Alkali Lake, Jean noticed Charles’ telepathic distress message to the mutants in Apocalypse's schemes and thus she ensures the location of Xavier in Cairo, Egypt. One of Stryker's men spotted the teenage mutants and tried to alert the others but they escaped with Kurt’s mutant teleportation. They stopped at a lab as Jean noticed a government mutant experiment named Weapon X that was locked in a cage, revealing to be a time-displaced Logan. When the guards convey into the lab, Jean released Logan with her telekinesis as the savage mutant massacres all of the guards and lab personnel around the facility before Stryker eventually escapes. As Logan began to flee, the teen mutants followed him. Scott attempted to besiege the mutant but Jean stops him for her intent in recalling Logan's past memories before the mutant runs off into the snow.
After they rescued the adult mutants and Moira, they board the facility's astral plane to Cairo when Jean warns them that Apocalypse will transfer his consciousness to Xavier’s body and claim his mutant powers, forcing them to save him quickly. While Peter and Raven set off to convince Erik, Jean and the others began to rescue Charles while fending off Apocalypse’s remaining horsemen. They successfully do so but when they attempt to flee through the plane, the two horsemen Angel and Psylocke followed and attempted to stop them, causing Jean to urge Kurt for their escape out of the craft with his teleportation despite the latter's protests. When Psylocke and Angel manage to break in, Jean discharges the plane's controls as Kurt through intense effort teleports them away to safety before the vehicle crashes into the ground that resulted Angel’s demise after Psylocke was thrown out in the air. As Xavier began to engage Apocalypse on the Astral Plane he found himself outclassed by Apocalypse immense powers. Losing Xavier desperately called out to Jean for her help. While initially reluctant due to still being afraid of her powers Xavier reminded her that she could control her powers. With that Jean unleashes the Phoenix Force which along with the help of the rest of the X-Men and a reformed Magneto and Storm, Jean obliterates Apocalypse.
Later, Erik and Jean use their combined powers to rebuild the school and she alongside Cyclops, Quicksilver, Storm, and Nightcrawler form the new generation of X-Men with Mystique serving as their field commander as the group prepares to battle Sentinels in a Danger Room session as Xavier looks on.
- "They’re right to fear me."
- ―Jean Grey[src]
While Quicksilver and Nightcrawler manage to save almost all of the astronauts, they accidentally leave behind the captain. Unfortunately, the flare's proximity is causing immense heat signatures that could prove fatal, Raven orders them to fall back, but Charles admonishes her and insists they save the entire crew. Kurt and Jean narrowly manage to save the captain with Jean using her powers to hold the shuttle together long enough for Kurt to teleport the captain to safety, but the solar flare hits before Kurt can get to Jean destroying the shuttle and seemingly killing her. However miraculously she is alive.
Returning home praised as heroes Jean and Scott now a couple along with the rest of the team celebrate at a concert featuring Dazzler. However while their Jean is reminded of the space shuttle mission and unleashes a burst of power which causes her to pass out. Charles enters her mind with the use of Cerebro to see what was wrong with her Jean awakened and pushed him out. She also discovered that her father was alive and fleeced from the X-Mansion to see him. Upon reuniting with her father Jean is hurt to discover that he blamed her for the accident that killed her mother and had in fact turned her over to Xavier in the first place. The X-Men soon arrive and a fight erupts when Jean once again loses control which results in the death of several policemen and Raven. Horrified by what she had done Jean fleas to Genosha. Erik's new homeland for mutants looking for sanctuary. Jean tells Erik that she has come to him for information on how to stop hurting people. Military officials then suddenly arrive to take Jean into custody for her actions but Jean uses her powers to nearly kill them, the soldiers only being saved by the intervention of Erik who manages to get them to safety. Erik then tells Jean to leave as her actions put the Mutants of Genosha in danger.
Alone, feeling abandoned, and still feeling guilty over the death of Raven. Jean hid out in a bar using her powers to fool people into thinking she was an old man. However she was approached by a woman named Vuk. Vuk told Jean that the Phoenix Force is a gift that should be embraced and tells her she will help her understand her newfound power. Vuk is a member of the an alien race known as the D'Bari whose home planet was destroyed by the Phoenix years ago along with almost all of their who seek to use Jeans possession of the Phoenix to revive their world and race. Taking her to their base of operations Vuk teaches Jean the history of the Phoenix and its role in her planets destruction.
Erik's Brotherhood of Mutants and Charles X-Men both manage to track Jean down in New York and a fight ensues with the X-Men seeking to protect Jean and Brotherhood seeking to kill her. Erik manages to get to Jean and tries to kill her in revenge for Ravens death however Jean easily overpowers him and knocks Erik unconscious. Charles and Kurt arrive second and Jean easily subdues the latter and tortures the former by making him walk to her. Jean is goaded by Vuk to kill Xavier but Charles has Jean look into his mind and sees that while her father considered her a lost cost Charles always had faith in Jean and her capacity for good. This brings Jean back to her senses and she ask for Vuk to take the Phoenix from her. Vuk attempts to do this which nearly ends up killing her but Scott blast Vuk
away before the power can be fully extracted and Jean faints in the process. She and the others are then taken into custody by the Mutant containment Unit and are to be transferred to containment facility. However Vuk and the D'Bari attack the train and and soldiers determined to get to Jean. The X-Men and Brotherhood unite and hold off the D'Bari while Charles enters the mind of a still unconscious Jean to awaken her. Inside Charles mind he apologizes for Jean for closing off her memories but Jean tells him that she realizes Charles only did to try and protect and that she forgives him. Jean then awakens and using the powers of the Phoenix manages to use her psychic powers to lift the train into the air killing a majority of the D'Bari while also keeping her teammates and friends shields and safe.
Jean then proceeds to disintegrate the remaining D'Bari with her powers. When Vuk attempts to drain her again Jean overloads her with her power. However seeing that she doing this on Earth will kill her friends Jean takes Vuk into space where she explodes seemingly along with Vuk.
Sometime later Jean is presumed dead by everyone else, however, unknown to them, Jean has decided to roam the stars until she has completely mastered the Phoenix Force.
Due to Logan traveling back in time and altering the past, Jean and Scott are no longer dead and are still active within the X-Men. Jean presumably either rid herself of the Phoenix Force or learned to control it, seeing as she returned from space. She and Scott are also once again in a relationship, which Logan approves of.
Jean is a gentle and motherly woman, responsible and with some leader abilities. She is in love with Scott, but she does not dislike flirting with Logan, both of them representing two different aspects of her own personality, the loyal and noble one and the savage and animalistic one. A complex, conflicted and unstable creature of both extreme compassion and extreme destruction, Jean was ultimately a good-hearted, selfless, empathetic and benevolent woman, but also unsure of her own abilities and terrified of her own unpredictable power. Jean, as a young woman, appeared to have come to terms with being considered a freak, since she did not react to the other students at Xavier's School deriding her and excommunicating her behind her back. She had an immense capacity for care for the people she loved and was attached to, especially Scott Summers and Charles Xavier.
As Phoenix, Jean's personality had changed completely, as she became a violent and confused person, always abandoning herself to emotions and instinct. Because Charles Xavier suppress her full powers; Jean never learned how to control them, as it was controlling her instead of the other way around, resulting in a split personality.
As a teenager, Jean was initially terrified of her powers, due to her lack of control of them at the time, she was treated as an outcast by her fellow students, despite the fact that they were all mutants, she also formed a close bond with Scott Summers (who she eventually developed romantic feelings for) mainly due to their lack of control over their powers, despite the fact that the two got off on the wrong foot at first.
Under the influence of the Phoenix Force, Jean develops a more aggressive personality, lashing out at anyone who she might consider a threat to her. At the same time though Jean fears this dark power taking over her and does her best to resist it leaving her very unstable and at times volatile to both friend and foe alike.
Powers and Abilities
- Mutant Physiology: Jean was an extremely powerful mutant who possessed powerful telepathic and telekinetic powers. She also possessed the Phoenix Force, making Jean one of the most, if not the most powerful mutant on the entire planet.
- Telepathy: Jean could telepathically communicate with other individuals. Her telepathic powers were extraordinary, on par with Charles', maybe even eclipsing and exceeding them, and she was one of the precious, precious few people to be able to navigate Cerebro.
- Telekinesis: Jean could telekinetically move objects or other individuals without physically touching them. Like her telepathy, her telekinetic powers were spectacular, enabling her to move objects without having to look at them or make hand gestures, and even able to repel a tremendous flood for a stunningly long time, though this eventually superseded her limits and unlocked her Phoenix persona.
- Phoenix Force: The Phoenix Force was the source of all of Jean's devastating and destructive powers.
- Matter Manipulation: As Phoenix, Jean's telekinesis was powerful enough to move the single atoms, so it gave her the possibility to literally disintegrate anything.
- Flight: Due to Jean's telekinesis, she was able to fly.
- Atmokinesis: Jean could manipulate the weather. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Jean made it lightning and rain.
- Earthquake Generation: Jean could generate, create and project earthquakes.
- Earthquake Manipulation: Jean could manipulate earthquakes.
- Geokinesis: Jean could manipulate earthen matter.
- Aerogenesis: Jean could generate, create and project air.
- Aerokinesis: Jean could manipulate air.
- Telepathy: As Phoenix, Jean's telepathy was so powerful that she had the power to exceed even Charles Xavier in mental power.
- Astral Projection: Jean could project her astral spirit from her own body.
- Pyrogenesis: Jean could generate, create and project fire from both her hands.
- Pyrokinesis: Jean could manipulate fire.
- Electrogenesis: Jean could generate, create and project electricity from both her hands.
- Electrokinesis: Jean could manipulate electricity.
- Energy Absorption: Jean could absorb several different types of energy.
- Ergokinesis: Jean could manipulate several different types of energy.
- Expert Pilot: Jean was capable of flying the X-Jet.
- Skilled Leader: Jean was a capable leader.
- Mutant Physiology: Jean is an extremely powerful mutant who possesses powerful telepathic and telekinetic powers. She also possesses the Phoenix Force making Jean is one of the most, if not the most powerful mutant on the entire planet.
- Telepathy: Jean can telepathically communicate with other individuals. In X-Men: Apocalypse, she was able to make herself, Nightcrawler and Cyclops invisible to Stryker's guards.
- Telekinesis: Jean can telekinetically move objects or other individuals without physically touching them. Like her telepathy, her telekinetic powers were spectacular, enabling her to move objects without having to look at them or make hand gestures.
- Phoenix Force: The Phoenix Force is the source of all of Jean's devastating and destructive powers.
- Flight: Due to her telekinesis, Jean is able to fly by levitating her own body.
- Pyrogenesis: Jean can generate, create and project fire from both her hands.
- Pyrokinesis: Jean can manipulate fire.
- Earthquake Generation: Jean can generate, create and project earthquakes.
- Earthquake Manipulation: Jean can manipulate earthquakes.
- Geokinesis: Jean can manipulate earthen matter.
- Energy Absorption: Jean can absorb several different types of energy. different forms of energy. Through the power of the Phoenix she was able to absorb a solar flare.
- Accelerated Healing Factor: Jean can heal much faster, more extensively, and efficiently than normal humans and most other mutants. She was able to easily heal from being stabbed by one of the D'Bari and felt no pain from the injury in the first place.
- Expert Pilot: Jean is capable of flying the X-Jet.
- Skilled Leader: Jean is a capable leader.
- X-Woman uniform: Jean wears a protective suit, when she is out on the field in battle.
- Professor X - Mentor and team leader turned enemy.
- Cyclops - Fiancée and teammate, turned enemy and victim; deceased.
- Wolverine - Friend, lover and teammate, turned enemy and killer.
- Storm - Friend and teammate turned enemy.
- Beast - Friend and teammate turned enemy.
- Nightcrawler - Ally and teammate.
- Rogue - Former student and teammate.
- Iceman - Former student and teammate turned enemy.
- PColossus - Former student turned enemy.
- Shadowcat - Former student turned enemy.
- Brotherhood of Mutants
- William Stryker - Enemy.
- Lady Deathstrike - Enemy.
- Nathan Summers/Cable - Future son.
- Hope Summers - Future granddaughter.
- Original timeline (4 films)
- New timeline (3 films)
Behind the scenes
- Some of Jean's scenes in X-Men were originally written for the character of Beast, were cut from the final version.
- According to Bryan Singer, he conceived the idea of Jean Grey's death mid-way through production. During the filming of the museum scene, he privately met with Famke Janssen to discuss the concept of Jean dying at the end of this film, with the allusion to her return as Phoenix in the next sequel. Janssen enthusiastically agreed.
- Famke Janssen did much research on Dissociative Identity Disorder (split personality) in order to make her performance with Hugh Jackman in the medical lab more realistic.
- Sophie Turner studied multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia to capture Jean’s internal struggle in Dark Phoenix.
- In the comics, Jean Grey turns into the Phoenix while possessed by the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force, while in the movie the Phoenix is just a second personality. Similar to the film, in the Ultimate Marvel comics storyline, the Phoenix is treated as a secondary mutation instead of a cosmic entity.
- It is implied in X-Men commentary that Jean's inexpert use of Cerebro caused her transformation in Phoenix.
- Some parts of Jean's storyline in X-Men: The Last Stand are loosely based on the Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
- In the comics, Jean and Scott eventually married and in an alternate future had a daughter, Rachel.
- In the comics, Jean was not a doctor. Originally, Beast was set to appear in the first film, but the technology was not yet adequate to portray him, so his character was written out and Jean took on the role of team scientist.
- In X-Men: The Last Stand, for her dual role as Jean Gray/Phoenix, Famke Janssen extensively researched dissociative identity disorders and split personalities to make her performance convincing.
- The color red is often associated with Jean. When she's not in her X-Men uniform, she often likes to wear red clothing.
X2: X-Men United
Promotion, Filming and Concept Art
X-Men: The Last Stand
Promotion, Filming and Concept Art
Promotion, Filming and Concept Art
Promotion, Filming and Concept Art