Jean Grey hasn’t even officially returned to the Marvel Universe yet, and she’s already set to receive her own team – one that will be the focus of the upcoming comic book series, X-Men: Red. The announcement was made with a video chronicling the life of Jean Grey since her creation in 1963.
An original X-Man and one of the team’s most iconic members, Jean Grey had become one of the few major Marvel heroes to stay dead, following her most recent death in 2004. All of this changed with the launch of Marvel Legacy, an event which sought to restore many classic characters to the status quo. In September of 2017, it was announced that the character would return after a 13-year absence in the five-part miniseries, Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey.
Marvel has released a new video that shows Jean Grey in her various designs over the years. Set to the backdrop of the theme song from the ’90s animated series X-Men, the video takes Jean from the early 1960s to the Dark Phoenix Saga in the 1980s, all the way to 2017 with Phoenix Resurrection. The video concludes with a teaser image of a new series titled X-Men: Red from writer Tom Taylor and artist Mahmud Asrar, with cover art from Travis Charest. The series, which will give the character her own team, is set to debut in February of 2018. Taylor says the “time is right” for a series like X-Men: Red:
As an X-Men fan, as a Jean Grey fan, as a Mahmud Asrar fan, and as a Travis Charest fan, to be asked to write X-MEN RED is a dream. The time is right for an X-Men book like this, and I’m very excited about the story we’re telling in these pages. I’m excited for Jean Grey’s vision for the world, and I can’t wait for Marvel readers to meet our team of established fan-favorites and brand new mutants, and to see them in action. To write a core X-Men book is to walk in the footsteps of giants, so I’m hoping my secret mutant ability is sudden foot-growth.
X-Men: Red will become the third color-coded X-Men team. The “Gold” team is led by Kitty Pryde, while the “Blue” team is co-led by Magneto and the time-displaced Jean Grey. It remains to be seen how long Marvel will want two Jean Greys to act as leaders in the Marvel Universe.
There’s no word yet on which characters will be on the “Red” team’s roster. It could be that the team will feature the newly-resurrected Wolverine, who has yet to be added to an existing X-Men team.
Since the first issue of Phoenix Resurrection won’t release until December, it’s still too early to say how the character’s return will affect her or her fellow X-Men. Fans can expect Jean to be devastated by the realization that Cyclops is dead. Still, if the announcement of X-Men: Red is any indication, Jean won’t let it keep her down for long.
X-Men: Red launches February 2018.
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