By Steve Morris
Subject of one of the most famous X-Men stories ever told and perpetual fear for Jean Grey fans around the World, Marvel have released a new Adam Kubert-drawn teaser image for AvX which suggests that Dark Phoenix is finally coming back.
The Dark Phoenix first appeared The Dark Phoenix Saga, in which X-Man Jean Grey lost control of her powers and ate a whole planet of brocolli-people (which explains her rosy skin subsequently – just think of all those antioxidants). An extension of Jean’s powers at the time, the Phoenix was later revealed to be a primal energy force which ‘burns away what doesn’t work’, ‘corrupts totally’, or ‘makes you wear a thong’ dependant on what decade it takes over your body.
But in every scenario, Dark Phoenix is the flipside of the Phoenix, a dark passenger for the most powerful energy force in the Marvel Universe. It’s The Villain.
The teaser image hides the face of whichever character is being possessed by DP, although both Scarlet Witch and Hope Summers would be two rather smart guesses. Hope in particular, as this has been set up as her story from the start.
This also suggests we’re heading into a final big battle for the last issues, with all the Avengers and X-Men teaming up to fight Dark Phoenix. Marvel have made sure to tell us that somebody is going to die during this event – will it be Hope’s last stand? And are we ever going to get back to the ‘Mutant Messiah’ aspect of Hope which Marvel spent four years setting up? Bishop fans want to know!