The Marvel Universe might be filled with superheroes who can warp reality and villains who can crush mountains, but all of those powers are nothing compared to the Phoenix Force. The Phoenix is an all-powerful ancient cosmic entity that represents all life in the universe and usually looks like a giant, fiery bird. Despite its immense power, it prefers to possess a more tangible, usually human host. In Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum's iconic X-Men tale, "The Phoenix Saga," the Phoenix bonded with its most famous host, the telepathic Jean Grey, in 1976's X-Men #101. While the Phoenix Force traditionally only has one primary host, a surprising number of heroes and villains have been given a portion of its power over the years.
Now, CBR is counting down the most dangerous hosts of the Phoenix Force. In this list, we'll be ranking these Phoenix avatars by their raw power, how well they handled the Phoenix's influence and how much damage they caused while they were possessed. Whether they were the physical manifestation of the Phoenix for years or just held a shard of the Force for a few moments, all of these characters will forever be tied to one of the most primordial forces in the Marvel Universe.
20 PROFESSOR X
With his telepathic mutant powers, Charles Xavier is already one of the strongest, most respected heroes in the Marvel Universe. But when he bonded with the Phoenix Force, he still had the dubious honor of becoming "Bald Phoenix." Around the time the Phoenix Force bonded with Jean Grey, Professor X developed an intergalactic psychic rapport with Lilanda, the exiled alien princess of the Shi'ar Empire. At the end of "The Phoenix Saga," Xavier's connection with Lilandra drew the X-Men into space in 1977's X-Men #107, by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum. While the X-Men helped Lilandra save the universe and reclaim the Shi'ar Empire, they befriended the Starjammers, a swash-buckling group of space pirates.
Several years later, Xavier and a deposed Lilandra were traveling in space with the Starjammers. In 1990's X-Men: Spotlight on Starjammers #2, by Terry Kavanagh and Cockrum, they battled Deathbird, Lilandra's sister, who had built a machine to steal the Phoenix Force's power. After Xavier had fallen into a coma, the Starjammers used that machine to revive Xavier with a small portion of the Phoenix Force. Although he only had a tiny fraction of the Phoenix's power for a very short time, Xavier was called "Bald Phoenix" and, oddly, wore a version of the classic Dark Phoenix costume. However, the image of Xavier's Phoenix battling Deathbird still inspired a revolution across the Shi'ar Empire.
19 HOPE SUMMERS
Hope Summers has always been a symbol of rebirth. When Hope first appeared in 2008's X-Men #205, by Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo, she was the first new mutant born in years after the global mutant population had been decimated. After growing up in the far future, Hope returned to the present as a hardened teenage hero and started building a new generation of X-Men one mutant at a time.
In the massive 2012 crossover Avengers vs. X-Men, the Phoenix Force was heading towards Earth and looking for a new host. Hope seemed like a prime candidate, and the X-Men hoped that a Phoenix-powered Hope could restore the global mutant population. However, the Avengers only saw the potential threat that Hope might become if she couldn't control the Phoenix's power. After some additional training from a bunch of heroes including Spider-Man, Hope and the Phoenix Force finally came together in Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert's Avengers vs. X-Men #12. With the help of the Scarlet Witch, Hope used the Phoenix's power to reactivate the mutant gene worldwide and created thousands of new mutants. As soon as she did that, she released the Phoenix back into the cosmos. Although she was only the Phoenix for a few moments, Hope proved that she was capable of safely wielding the Phoenix Force and letting it go when her job was done.
18 STEPFORD CUCKOOS
While Wolverine will always be the Weapon Plus Program's most famous graduate, the Stepford Cuckoos, or Weapon XIV, might be its most powerful creations. When they were created by Grant Morrison and Ethan Van Sciver in 2001's New X-Men #118, they were five telepathic sisters who had a striking resemblance to the X-Men's Emma Frost. After the girls served with various young X-Men squads, the Cuckoos were revealed to be Weapon Plus-created clones of Frost.
After Sophie and Esme Cuckoo perished, Celeste, Mindee and Phoebe Cuckoo gained a fraction of the Phoenix Force's power. In Greg Pak and Tyler Kirkham's 2006 miniseries X-Men: Phoenix Warsong, a remnant of the Phoenix Force awoke in each of the Cuckoos. However, the Phoenix also activated their latent Weapon Plus programming, which tried to use them in a plot to telepathically wipe out all of the world's mutants. After Mindee and Phoebe were kidnapped, Celeste began to wield the full power of their shared Phoenix fragment. After the Phoenix's power destroyed thousands of other Cuckoo clones and foiled Weapon Plus' plans, the Cuckoos developed a secondary mutation that allowed them to turn into diamond. With this new ability, the Cuckoos trapped their portion of the Phoenix Force within themselves by turning their hearts into flawless diamonds.
As one of the more prominent alien races in the Marvel Universe, the Shi'ar have a fairly extensive history with the Phoenix Force. After bonding with the Phoenix over 500 years ago, a Shi'ar named Rook'shir channeled some of that power through massive sword called the Blade of the Phoenix. While Rook'shir eventually went mad, his sword still contained an echo of the Phoenix's power. Eventually, his last living descendant, Korvus Rook'shir, claimed the sword for himself after a lifetime of imprisonment.
When Korvus first appeared in 2006's Uncanny X-Men #478, by Ed Brubaker and Billy Tan, he was sent to stop the X-Men from reaching Vulcan, a power-mad mutant who had taken over the Shi'ar Empire. Thanks to the sword, he defeated most of the team without too much effort. After having a brief mind-meld with the X-Men's Rachel Summers, another Phoenix Force-wielder, Korvus betrayed his masters and joined the team. Even after his brief romantic relationship with Rachel ended, Korvus stayed with the group as it morphed into a new incarnation of the Starjammers. During that team's continuing efforts to depose Emperor Vulcan, the Phoenix Force shard left the Blade of the Phoenix under mysterious circumstances. After a brief stay with the X-Men on Earth, Korvus returned to the stars and rejoined the Starjammers.
16 IRON FIST (FONGJI)
Even though she only made a handful of appearances, Fongji Wu managed to earn two of the most prestigious titles in the Marvel Universe. As Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato and Will Conrad revealed in 2012's New Avengers #25, Fongji was the Iron Fist and a host of the Phoenix at the same time. Hundreds of years ago, Fongji was born in the mystical city of K'un-Lun. When the Phoenix Force started heading towards Earth, Yu-Ti, the leader of the city, began to dream about Fongji combining the power of the Phoenix and the Iron Fist. However, Yu-Ti's dream had two endings. In one version, Fongji was a perfect host for those powerful entities, but she went down a much darker path in his other dream.
To teach her how to wield that massive amount of power, Yu-Ti found Fongji and began training her to be the next Iron Fist. While Leonardo da Vinci tracked the movements of the Phoenix, Fongji overcame her initial reluctance and became the Iron Fist by defeating the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying. Once the Phoenix arrived, she was able to merge the power of the Iron Fist and the Phoenix without being corrupted. After that, she promptly flew into space and seemingly never returned to Earth.
15 RACHEL SUMMERS
Rachel Summers is probably the most stable Phoenix host in the Marvel Universe, even though she was born in an alternate reality. In Chris Claremont and John Byrne's classic story "Days of Future Past" from 1981's X-Men #141, she used her telepathic and time-manipulating powers to try and save her word by changing the past. When that plan failed, Rachel traveled to the present-day Marvel Universe. Since she was the daughter of her world's Cyclops and a Phoenix-possessed Jean Grey, her arrival drew the attention of the Phoenix Force.
After a few missions with the X-Men, Rachel found a crystal that had an imprint of Jean's personality in 1985's Uncanny X-Men #199, by Claremont and John Romita Jr. After vowing to make the Phoenix a symbol of good again, Rachel took the codename Phoenix and had access to most of the Phoenix Force's power. On the X-Men and their British affiliate team Excalibur, Rachel showed an impressive amount of control of the Phoenix Force on dozens of adventures. Although she lost her link to the Phoenix Force after a time-traveling adventure, she briefly bonded with the echo of the Phoenix Force that was in Korvus' Blade of the Phoenix. While that didn't last for long, she's still one of the only characters who's been called the one, true Phoenix.
14 YOUNG JEAN GREY
While the X-Men's Beast might have one of the biggest brains in the Marvel Universe, he doesn't always make the best decisions. In one of his most ill-advised moves, he brought teenage versions of Jean Grey and the original X-Men into the present in 2013's All-New X-Men #1, by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen. For the past several years, teen Jean and the rest of her team have dealt with the legacies of their older selves while trying to carve out their own path.
Naturally, teen Jean was concerned about her future relationship to the Phoenix Force. In Mike Carey and Salvador Larroca's 2014 graphic novel, X-Men: No More Humans, Jean wielded part of an alternate reality Phoenix Force to restore most of the life on Earth. After learning that the main Phoenix Force was heading towards Earth again, she began preparing to fight it off in 2017's Jean Grey #1, by Dennis Hopeless and Victor Ibanez. Despite Jean's intense preparation, the Phoenix incinerated her when it arrived on Earth in 2018's Jean Grey #10, by Hopeless and Alberto Alburquerque. After Jean's spirit was sent to the White Hot Room, the Phoenix's home base, Jean essentially annoyed the Phoenix into reviving her and letting her go.
13 QUENTIN QUIRE
If anyone represents the immediate future of the Phoenix, it's Quentin Quire, the X-Men's teenage telepathic troublemaker. For the first few years after he was created by Grant Morrison and Keron Grant in 2003's New X-Men #134, Quire was more of a full-fledged villain. After becoming addicted to the power-enhancing substance Kick, Quire took the name Kid Omega and led a riot at Xavier's School. Thanks largely to the influence of Wolverine, Quire eventually calmed down and became one of the more prominent students at the recently-renamed Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. After that incident destroyed his physical body, the Phoenix Force briefly gave him a new body when it was looking for a suitable host.
In several possible future timelines, Quire was shown to be a full-fledged host of the Phoenix Force. Despite his legitimately worrying stint as a young villain, Quire seemed to have a pretty strong grasp on the Phoenix's influence and abilities. After years of teases, Quire finally became an avatar of the Phoenix in 2017's Mighty Thor #19, by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman and Valerio Schiti. To keep a pair of Shi'ar gods from destroying reality, Quire absorbed a small portion of the Phoenix Force. After a brief stint as one of the Shi'ar gods, Quire returned to Earth and sacrificed his portion of the Phoenix to restore the life and powers of his fellow X-Man, Jubilee.
12 EMMA FROST
The telepathic Emma Frost and the Phoenix Force aren't exactly positive influences on each other. When she was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in 1980's X-Men #129, Frost was the White Queen of the Hellfire Club, a secret society of influential mutants. Years after the Club's Inner Circle triggered Jean Grey's transformation into the Dark Phoenix, Frost joined the X-Men. When the Phoenix Force returned to Earth in 2005's X-Men: Phoenix Warsong #4, by Greg Pak and Greg Land, Frost convinced it to possess her. However, the Force started turning her into a Dark Phoenix and left her, claiming that she wasn't strong enough.
During 2012's Avengers vs. X-Men crossover, the Phoenix Force was heading towards Earth again. After Iron Man attacked the Phoenix with one of his inventions, the Force split its power between five X-Men in Avengers vs. X-Men #5, by Matt Fraction and John Romita Jr. As one of the Phoenix Five, Emma battled the Avengers and helped her Phoenix-possessed teammates reshape the world in their own image. As her powers increased, Frost became telepathically linked to every mind in the world. While she struggled to control herself, she began taking vengeance against people who had secretly harmed mutants. Ultimately, Cyclops, Frost's long-term boyfriend, stole her portion of the Phoenix to make himself stronger. Since she lost the Phoenix Force, Emma has become more and more of an outright villain once again.
11 AMBER HUNT
In the mid-1990s, Marvel bought an up-and-coming comic book publisher called Malibu Comics, which was most famous for its superhero-filled Ultraverse imprint. While shows like Ultraforce and Night Man gave the Ultraverse a presence on TV, the imprint was in decline. To inject some new blood into the comics, Marvel sent several characters into the Ultraverse for a few months. When characters like Loki and the Juggernaut were transported into that reality, the Phoenix Force was pulled into the Ultraverse too.
Since it was damaged in its journey to the Ultraverse, the Phoenix Force needed a human host. After some searching, it bonded with Amber Hunt. After she was created by Steve Gerber and Paul Pelletier in 1993's Exiles #1, Hunt gained fire-manipulating powers after contracting an alien virus and getting caught in a lab explosion. In 1995's Phoenix Resurrection: Genesis, by Dan Green, Ian Edginton and several artists, the Phoenix possessed Amber. After a brief stint as the Phoenix's host, Amber was released, and she was allowed to keep some of her Phoenix powers. With the help of Ultraforce and the X-Men, Amber sent the Phoenix back to the Marvel Universe through the Bermuda Triangle. Despite her newfound abilities, the power of the Phoenix wasn't enough to keep the Ultraverse from folding in 1997.
When Illyana Rasputin first appeared in Len Wein and Dave Cockrum's Giant-Size X-Men #1, she was Colossus' aggressively adorable little sister. After her 1975 debut, the young mutant's life took several dark, often tragic turns. After her teleportation powers emerged, Magik was kidnapped and forced to grow up in the hellish Limbo dimension, where she also became a sorceress. After serving a stint as that realm's ruler, joining the New Mutants, getting de-aged back into a child, contracting the fatal Legacy Virus and taking over Limbo again, Magik finally joined the X-Men in the late 2000s.
In 2012's Avengers vs. X-Men #5, by Matt Fraction and John Romita Jr., Magik was one of five X-Men who absorbed a portion of the Phoenix Force. Like the other members of the Phoenix Five, she turned the world into an uneasy mutant utopia struggled to control her abilities. Since Illyana has spent so much time surrounded by forces of darkness, it wasn't too surprising when she imprisoned the Avengers' Captain Marvel in Limbo or wanted to start dolling out increasingly brutal beatdowns. After Colossus grew concerned about Magik's mental state, Spider-Man tricked the siblings into knocking the Phoenix Force out of each other.
Like his sister, the metallic mutant Colossus almost lost himself in cosmic forces far beyond his control. After he was created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum in 1975's Giant-Size X-Men #1, Piotr Rasputin served as one of the X-Men's most dependable members for years. With his super-strength, Colossus was one of the few mutants who could go toe-to-toe with villains like the Juggernaut. While the Juggernaut usually wields the power of the Crimson Gem of Cytorrak, the villain got a new set of powers from a fallen Asgardian god in the 2011 crossover Fear Itself. As a result of that, Cyttorak took away the Juggernaut's powers and gave them to Colossus instead.
While he had the Juggernaut's powers, Colossus also received a portion of the Phoenix Force in 2012's Avengers vs. X-Men #5, by Matt Fraction and John Romita Jr. After helping the rest of the Phoenix Five take over the world, Colossus tried to use his position as a Phoenix avatar to get Cyttorak to take away his Juggernaut powers. However, Cyttorak didn't see the two positions as incompatible and kept Colossus on. While Colossus struggled to simultaneously handle Cyttorak's urge to destroy and the Phoenix's power, Spider-Man goaded him into a fight with Magik that knocked out his Phoenix Force powers. Not long after that, Magik used her mystical abilities to free Colossus from Cyttorak's power too.
8 THANE, SON OF THANOS
While Thanos might be famous for wielding the Infinity Gauntlet, his son, Thane, was one of the Phoenix Force's most recent avatars. When he was created by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Deodato in 2013's New Avengers #10, Thane was a doctor in a secluded Inhuman village. After the Inhuman-activating Terrigen Bomb was detonated, Thane's deadly touch activated with a blast that wiped out his entire town. After defeating his father in battle, Thane started training under Ebony Maw, one of Thanos' ex-generals from the Black Order, for his destined role as the ruler of the universe.
As part of his ongoing efforts to stop Thanos for good, Thane bonded with the Phoenix Force in 2017's Thanos #6, by Jeff Lemire and Deodato. Although Thane was able to defeat Thanos with the Phoenix's power, he wasn't exactly a beacon of stability. To appease his mistress, Lady Death, Thane carved an intergalactic path of destruction that left armies and planets destroyed in his wake. Eventually, some of Thane's allies even turned to Thanos for help in defeating Thane. After a brutal battle between Thane and Thanos destroyed another planet, Thane's Phoenix powers were removed by the Astral Coven, a powerful group of witch-like cosmic beings.
7 NECROM THE ANTI-PHOENIX
While Rachel Summers wielded the Phoenix Force as a member of the mutant team Excalibur, she encountered a bunch of zany-yet-terrifying villains from other dimensions. One of those villains was an extra-dimensional alien sorcerer named Necrom, who was created by Alan Davis in 1991's Excalibur #50. Like Doctor Strange, Necrom was his world's Sorcerer Supreme, and he had a number of students including Merlyn. With his students, Necrom built a tower on every alternate reality's Earth to tie the various dimensions of Marvel's Multiverse together.
When Necrom turned against his students in his quest for ultimate power, Feron, one of his students, tried to use the power of the Phoenix against the sorcerer. However, Feron perished in battle, and Necrom claimed part of the Phoenix's power for himself. Necrom injected some of his life force into that part of the Phoenix and let it incubate while he conquered another world. When he returned to the Marvel Universe, Necrom reabsorbed his "Anti-Phoenix" powers. After trying to take the full Phoenix Force from Rachel, he had a universe-shaking battle with Rachel. Although Necrom proved himself to be a serious threat, Rachel ultimately atomized him by giving him more power than he could handle.
Since Wolverine was created by Len Wein, John Romita and Herb Trimpe on the last page of 1974's Incredible Hulk #180, he's been one of the most ferocious mutants in the Marvel Universe. Despite that, Logan's adamantium claws and mutant healing factor don't really make him a major player on a cosmic scale. With the X-Men, he encountered the Phoenix Force plenty of times when it was possessed by Jean Grey or Rachel Summers, and his brutal methods helped both of those Phoenixes control their powers on a few occasions.
However, Logan briefly absorbed the full power of the Phoenix Force and became the Dark Phoenix during a time-traveling adventure with Spider-Man. In Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert's Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine #2, Logan fired a gun that carried the full power of the Phoenix Force to keep a planet-sized Doctor Doom from destroying Earth. A few issues later, the Phoenix Force emerged from Logan's chest during battle. Under the Phoenix's influence, Logan turned into the Dark Phoenix and came disturbingly close to destroying reality. Since he wasn't a physical match for the Dark Phoenix, Spider-Man just talked to Logan until the X-Man was strong enough to reject the Phoenix Force and cast it out of his body.
5 DIAMANDA NERO
When Rachel Summers was traveling through time, a duplicate of her was sent into an alternate future that was ruled by the almost-immortal X-Men villain Apocalypse. While there, she formed the Clan Askani, a quasi-religious order that led the resistance against Apocalypse's forces. The early days of Rachel's time in this dystopian future were detailed by John Francis Moore and Pascal Alixe in the 1999 miniseries X-Men: Phoenix.
In Apocalypse's empire, Diamanda Nero was Apocalypse's daughter and served as the tyrant's second-in-command. She also had the mutant power to absorb the abilities of anyone she defeated in battle, which gave her a wide range of abilities. Around the time Apocalypse went into one of his periodic rejuvenation sequences, Nero learned about Rachel's presence in her timeline. After Rachel used her Phoenix powers in a battle against Nero, Diamanda spent the next several years trying to end the Askani rebellion by hunting down Rachel's allies. When Diamanda and Rachel faced off again, Nero tried to use her mutant powers to absorb the Phoenix Force. While it seemed to work for a brief moment, the power of the Phoenix overwhelmed Nero. Rachel saved Nero's life by taking control of the Phoenix and sending it into space, where it could roam freely.
Since Namor the Sub-Mariner was created by Bill Everett in 1939, he's the oldest hero in the Marvel Universe. Thanks to the wings on his ankles, Marvel's King of Atlantis was also technically Marvel's first mutant. Despite that, he didn't really start spending time with the X-Men until the late 2000s. Around then, the X-Men were living on Utopia, an island mutant nation off the coast of San Francisco. As part of a deal to help the X-Men, Namor united the scattered people of Atlantis in the waters beneath Utopia.
While Namor wasn't the most powerful Phoenix host, he caused more destruction on Earth than any other Phoenix. When Iron Man split up the Phoenix Force, Namor received a fifth of its power in 2012's Avengers vs. X-Men #5, by Matt Fraction and John Romita Jr. While all of the Phoenix Five wanted to fight the Avengers, Namor took their rivalry to a whole new level. Using his Phoenix powers, Namor flooded Wakanda, Black Panther's home, with a massive tidal wave. While scores of civilians perished, Namor faced off against Captain America and the rest of his old teammates on the Avengers. With the combined efforts of the Hulk, the Thing, Doctor Strange, Thor and Scarlet Witch, the Avengers barely managed to take out Namor.
Long before Star-Lord and the other Guardians of the Galaxy were cinematic super-stars, the original Guardians of the Galaxy were a team of intergalactic heroes from the 31st century. Created by Arnold Drake, Roy Thomas, Stan Lee and Gene Colan in 1968's Marvel Super-Heroes #18, the original Guardians protected Earth's Solar System from a race of alien conquerors called the Badoon. While the team mainly consisted of alien members like Yondu, they also encountered a few relics from the modern Marvel Universe. In addition to meeting a new Ghost Rider and an older version of the Avengers' Wonder Man, they also helped the alien mutant Giraud absorb the power of the Phoenix Force.
When he was created by Jim Valentino in 1991's Guardians of the Galaxy #9, Giraud was an alien soldier on Haven, a planet ruled by mutants. When that planet neared the end of its lifecycle, Giraud bonded with the Phoenix and used his power to transport everyone on Haven to a new world. A few years later, he contracted a psychic virus that made his powers go haywire. Although the Phoenix eventually healed him, Giraud inadvertently destroyed several planets while he was ill. When he was on another team of heroes called the Galactic Guardians, Giraud redeemed himself by saving the universe from a reality-altering villain by using Mjolnir, Thor's hammer, to channel his Phoenix powers.
As the X-Men's most famous leader and the love of Jean Grey's life, Cyclops was deeply familiar with the Phoenix Force. When Jean's Dark Phoenix vaporized herself, her final words were Scott Summers' name. When the worlds of Marvel and DC Comics collided in 1982's Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans, by Chris Claremont and Walt Simonson, the DC villain Darkseid tried to reawaken and manipulate the power of the Dark Phoenix. When the Phoenix Force realized what was going on, it momentarily bonded with Cyclops, who unleashed the full fury of the Force onto Darkseid with a single optic blast.
When Cyclops absorbed the Phoenix Force again in 2012, things didn't end so well. In Matt Fraction and John Romita Jr.'s Avengers vs. X-Men #5, Cyclops absorbed part of the Phoenix Force and used it to enforce his utopian vision for the world. As the other Phoenix hosts were defeated by the Avengers, Cyclops absorbed their portion of the Phoenix. Under the corrupting influence of the Phoenix Force, Cyclops forcefully took Emma Frost's Phoenix powers before taking Professor X's life. With the full power of the Phoenix Force, Cyclops turned into a Dark Phoenix who wanted to destroy the world. Although he held off the Avengers and the X-Men for a while, the combined efforts of Hope Summers and the Avengers' Scarlet Witch finally knocked him out and took away his Phoenix powers.
1 JEAN GREY
While the details of their relationship have changed numerous times over the years, Jean Grey and the Phoenix Force were made for each other. After the Force first bonded with the telepathic mutant in 1976's X-Men #101, by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum, the Phoenix used Jean as a template for her human form while the real Jean sat in stasis. While the Phoenix initially helped the X-Men, the corrupting influence of the Hellfire Club turned her into the Dark Phoenix in Claremont and John Byrne's X-Men #134. Over the course of 1980's "The Dark Phoenix Saga," the full might of the Phoenix Force was on display as she wiped out an entire galaxy on a whim, causing billions of deaths.
While the Dark Phoenix eventually vaporized herself, the real Jean woke up and absorbed the memories of powers of the Phoenix Force. Jean used her Phoenix abilities off-and-on for the next several years until she perished in battle with the mutant Xorn. Beyond time and space, Jean appeared as the White Phoenix of the Crown, the Phoenix's ultimate form. When the Phoenix Force wanted a new human host, it resurrected Jean Grey in the aptly-titled 2018 series Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey, by Matthew Rosenberg and Leinil Yu. While Jean rejected the Phoenix's attempts to merge again, she's still the perfect encapsulation of the destruction and rebirth that the Phoenix represents, in all of its horror and glory.