A new teaser trailer for Phoenix Resurrection previews the much-anticipated return of original X-Man and fan-favorite character, Jean Grey, who is coming back to the Marvel Universe after being dead for 13 years.
As part of the Marvel Legacy relaunch, Marvel announced in September that Jean Grey, a frequent host of the Phoenix Force, would finally be resurrected. The character, who died in 2004, is set to return to the Marvel Universe in the five-part miniseries Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey. Jean will also lead her own team of mutant heroes in X-Men: Red, a group described as a "highly qualified strike force" featuring prominent members of the X-Men such as X-23, Nightcrawler, and Namor the Sub-Mariner.
Marvel has released a teaser trailer for Phoenix Resurrection that shows Marvel Comics writers and editors giving their thoughts on Jean's return and what it means not only for her, but for the Marvel Universe as a whole. Phoenix Resurrection writer Matthew Rosenberg says that the series will explore "how" and "why" Jean returns. Rosenberg also reminds fans that if Jean is coming back, the Phoenix Force won't be far behind her:
Jean's return is tied to the Phoenix's return, and that is something that is both beautiful to the X-Men and the Marvel Universe and terrifying, because with Jean comes the Phoenix.
Much of the trailer is spent discussing the artwork for the series. Each issue will be illustrated by a different artist who will bring their own unique style to the comic. Assistant editor Christina Harrington says that the five artists for the series were chosen to dig into Jean's world and to give the comic a "surreal horror element".
According to the trailer, Jean's new mission will be to save the world. It's implied in the video that her new mission will be a motivating factor in Jean's decision to form the "Red" team. Her methods are meant to "take a lot of readers by surprise."
One of the things that fans are looking forward to about Phoenix Resurrection is getting a chance to see how Jean reacts to the current state of the Marvel Universe. What may have the greatest impact on Jean is the discovery that her husband, Cyclops, won't be one of the X-Men waiting to greet her. Cyclops was killed off during Death of X. Cyclops' death is briefly acknowledged in the trailer with an image of Scott Summers' tombstone. Fans will have to wait and see how Jean will handle all of the tragedies that have happened in her absence.
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey launches in December.