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Subj: Re: What was Jean's role anyway?
Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 at 01:47:59 pm EDT (Viewed 39 times)
Reply Subj: What was Jean's role anyway?
Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 at 11:54:16 am EDT (Viewed 37 times)



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      Marvel has had so many replacement Jeans - Madelyne Pryor, Rachel Grey, Hope Summers, Teen Jean - precisely because she has a role that has to be filled and writers keep trying to fill it because they can't get it right and they can't get it right because they aren't using the real Jean!



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    I am frankly a bit mystified what important role Jean is supposed to have filled in the past that could not be filled by other people. As far as I can see here roles were


You're missing the point. The pro-Jean side is not arguing that other characters have not been written to replace her. It's that they are poor replacements and you might as well use the original instead of trying to replace her.


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    1. Being the only female in an otherwise all-male team
    Very much a Golden and Silver Age thing, went out of fashion during the 1960s, hopelessly anachronistic when the O5 format was revived in X-Factor #1. With teen Jean it also only "worked" in a fashion because the teen O5 were literally torn from the past.


No, this would not be her current role.


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    2. Being the senior female X-Man
    That ended with the launch of the All-New, All-Different team: Storm took the role of leading female X-Man, and in the meantime several X-Women have more active and especially leadership experience than Jean.


Jean was active for a dozen years before any of these other characters showed up. Her being (partly) inactive for over a dozen years does not negate her seniority. You can only have one first, and Jean was the first female X-Man. After Sue Storm and Janet Van Dyne, Jean is Marvel's third female superhero. None of these other characters remotely have that type of legacy. Among X-Men, only Storm comes close.


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    3. Being Cyclops' love interest
    Obviously a role that has been filled by others for various lengths of time, including Colleen Wing, Lee Forrester, Madelyne Pryor and Emma Frost. Anyway, if the experience of other characters is anything to go by, Marvel dislikes couples to be together for "too" long in general.


Again, all replacements who were inadequate. Sure, most comic book romances don't last, which is why the exceptions are that much more important. After Reed and Sue, Scott and Jean is Marvel's most enduring romance, and in all of Marvel Comics, there should be more than one.


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    4. Being the team psi
    A role that Jean had to share (with Professor X at first) from the beginning. In the meantime plenty of characters with variations of telekinesis and/or telepathy have arisen, most of whom have not bee called replacement Jeans.


But again, Jean was the first and most iconic of female mutant telepaths. She has been established as the premiere omega mutant psi, which is partly why the Phoenix Force sought her out.


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    5. Being the host of the Phoenix
    It's not just Jean and Rachel anymore...


Again, poor replacements. Only Jean is the White Phoenix of the Crown, the ultimate avatar of the Phoenix Force. Everyone else is just a pale imitation.