Publication Date: 6th Dec 2018
Written By: Peter Luzifer, Ruth and Gremlin.
Image Work: Gremlin and Peter Luzifer.


Years ago, when Jean Grey first manifested her powers, she mentally withdrew into herself and her parents consulted many specialists to get Jean out of her catatonic state. As soon as Mr. Sinister learned of Jean,  he planned to eliminate her parents and take the girl to his orphanage. Fortuantely for them, Charles Xavier had already approached them and started to work with the young girl. Sinister only managed to acquire a blood and tissue sample and tried to clone the mutant. Years later, when the clone was already beyond puberty, he was disappointed as she did not manifest any mutant talents. Then, on the day that Phoenix II died on the moon, the Force keyed the stolen fragments of Jean Grey to her genetic structure and sent them back to Earth. By accident, they entered the clone, and Sinister watched in awe as his creation burst out of her incubator, surrounded by a bird of fire and shouting the name “Scott,” before passing out.

Finally, his plans bore fruit and, after naming the clone Madelyne Pryor, he created a false background for her. Being a pilot and the sole  survivor of a plane crash would explain the resonance memories of fire and flight. Sinister then programmed her to fall in love with Scott Summers, Cyclops, (an easy task as both Jean and Phoenix had already loved the man) and placed her at his grandparents’ airline in Alaska, knowing that they would meet sooner or later. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #241, X-Factor (1st series) #38]

A few months later, Corsair (Christopher Summers) returned from outer space and took his sons, Scott and Alex, to their grandparents in Alaska for the first time. The old couple had sent Madelyne to pick them up and all three men did not believe their eyes, as their pilot looked exactly like the (supposedly) deceased Jean Grey. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #168]

As expected, Scott and Madelyne fell in love with each other pretty soon and he admitted to have been together with a woman looking like her. Madelyne was surprised, but she agreed to continue their relationship and find out if it was only her face that Scott loved or the person behind it. When he filled her in on his secret, that he was a mutant, Madelyne thought that this trust proved his love. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #170]

Soon, Scott started to notice little oddities, like Madelyne being able to guess his favorite breakfast or the plane crash having been on exactly the same day that Phoenix died on the moon, and he began to suspect that she was a reincarnation of Phoenix. Scott introduced his lover to the X-Men while attending Wolverine’s wedding in Japan and, of course, they too noticed the uncanny resemblance. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #172-173]

As the Starjammers were getting ready to depart to space again, Corsair offered Scott to tag along, but he was insecure as he felt happy with Madelyne. She told him not to hold back on her account but he, in turn, asked if she would be willing to accompany him if he left Earth.

While still thinking about Corsair’s offer, Scott proposed to Maddie and she accepted. Without knowing it, the couple was being stalked by Mastermind, wanting revenge for his earlier defeat at the hands of Phoenix.

Mastermind increased Scott’s doubts to the point that he actually asked Madelyne if she was Jean Grey reborn. Understandably, Madelyne became angry and slapped him in the face. As he ran after her, Scott was hit by a blast of cosmic energy; Dark Phoenix had resurfaced – though not really, as the couple was now fully trapped in Wyngarde’s illusion.

Mastermind took his victims to the Xavier estate in New York, where he made it look as if Dark Phoenix were attacking both Xavier and Cyclops, and the rest of the team started to fight the non-existent foe, much to the villain‘s joy. Noticing some errors, Scott saw through the ploy and he made Rogue absorb the unconscious Xavier to use his telepathy and disrupt the illusion. Afterwards, Madelyne and Scott finally were married and held a big party at the Xavier estate. Among the wedding guests were Scott’s grandparents from Alaska, the Starjammers and, of course, the X-Men. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #174-175]

During their honeymoon in the Caribbean, the happy couple was almost eaten by a shark and a giant squid. This prompted Scott to choose retirement, realizing he wanted to be happy and have a family, without having to wonder about the endless battles of the X-Men or the Starjammers. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #176]

After saying goodbye to Corsair and his crew, the couple moved to Anchorage, the place where they had first met, and they started to work as pilots for the airline of Scott’s grandparents.