Jean Grey is a founding member of the X-Men, and when you take a look back through the history of the group in all of incarnations you realize that she’s been one of the constants in a group rife with upheaval. Not many fans consider her their favorite mutant, but these Jean Grey facts illuminate just how wild her history really is. Seeing as how she’s had over fifty years of history in Marvel Comics, there's a lot to cover. Get ready to have your mind blown by these things you didn't know about Jean Grey.
Aside from swapping out her name every few years, Jean Grey has gone through many changes in the Marvel Comics universe. Most X-Men fans probably remember the Dark Phoenix saga, in which Jean was taken over by a cosmic energy that randomly turned evil one day, but there’s so much more Dark Phoenix trivia waiting for you on this list.Grey has done everything from help raise Apocalypse to watch her sister explode, and she even ate a solar system (seriously). After you read all of this crazy information about Jean Grey, she’s going to become your new favorite member of the X-Men.
She's One of the Most Powerful Mutants in the Marvel Universe
Jean has always been super powerful, but in the X-Men Forever series, it was revealed that Jean, along with a few other mutants, is an Omega Level mutant. This means that aside from wielding massive amounts of psionic energy, she may very well be immortal.
Her Powers Have Changed Over the Years
When Jean was first introduced in X-Men #1, she was simply telekinetic, but over the years she was revealed to have telepathy. In 2001, an issue of New X-Men revealed that she could absorb massive amounts of psionic energy from others and combine her telepathy and telekinesis. Most recently, she swapped powers with Psylocke and developed the ability to call upon "Phoenix Raptors," which are exactly what they sound like.
Jean Was Dead for Six Years
Following the Dark Phoenix saga, which ended with Jean committing suicide on the moon, Marvel decided to do something interesting with the popular character. They left her for dead. Rather than bring her back a few issues later, Jean stayed dead until 1986, when her body was discovered at the bottom of Jamaica Bay in Fantastic Four #286.
Jean's Powers Manifested When She Saw a Friend Get Hit By a Car
In virtually all iterations throughout her more than 50 years as a comic book character, Jean's powers always manifest when she sees her friend, Annie RIchardson, smashed by a car. During the accident, Jean mentally links with her friend and nearly dies, but her powers also act as a beacon to Professor Xavier.