This Week in WWAC History: X-Men Lists

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Not only do the WWAC staffers put together great essays, reviews, and comic industry news, they also compile lists on a variety of topics. Some of our more popular lists involve Red-Headed Superheroes (and Villains) and a list of Harley Quinn’s Best to Worst Outfits. This weekend we’ve combed the archives for a sample of lists on X-Men topics to accompany the upcoming movie release X-Men: Apocalypse. Enjoy!

Ex-Men: The Top Five Pre-Phoenix Scott and Jean Moments, September 27, 2015,

Scott gives up Jean, Uncanny X-MenScott Summers and Jean Grey: the OTP of the X-Men. Right? Well, maybe not, but for a lot of us, growing up they were the only couple we could rely upon to be, forever, “a thing.” Comics, cartoons, live-action films—Scott and Jean, Jean and Scott, we like dysfunction, it is hot.

Maybe we didn’t like it (I sure didn’t—that Summers is the coldest fish in the sea and sweetheart Jean deserves better), but we knew it was there. From the first issue of Uncanny X-Men to the time Jean “died” and became Phoenix, and then Phoenix “died” but actually went to Scotland while Scott shrugged it all off, and then went Phoenix Dark and died for real, and then Jean came back and Scott left his new identical wife for her, and then she died and Jean and Scott went to the future to raise Cable, and then they came back and got married, and then Scott was possessed by Apocalypse and got better, and then Scott cheated with Emma and then Jean died for real. And a few other detours, here and there, that are too much to mention. But dang it all, what’s a hang-up or two between soulmates? From first to last, it’s Scott and Jean, Marvel Girl & Cyclops, the ever-sprawling Grey-Summers family tree. As it was and will be. Just ask Nathaniel Essex.

So let’s consider the top five romantic moments between young Scott Summers and Miss Jean Grey. Their tender moments, building this relationship’s half-century legacy. From the moment they met as classmates, to the time Jean died and Scott lost her. (Deaths might be reversible, but they still matter between intimate relations.) Because it’s interesting, isn’t it, to consider these stories as they were told. This is how it unfolded. This is how the story became history.

Or in other words: let’s scour eleven years of reprints for the two on-page kisses these crazy kids shared, and get stuck into a whole lot of angst. This is a relationship that launched in fits and starts, really only beginning to soar when the impostor-Jean, Phoenix, came into play. Although at the time Phoenix really was intended to be Jean… READ  MORE

Five Times the Grey-Summers Family Tree Got Weird, September 20, 2015,

Lee Forrester, X-men #139X-Men history time again! Today we take a look at the Grey-Summers family—clones, time-travel, and all.

After her first clone died, Scott Summers married a second clone of his dead girlfriend. For today’s purposes, there are three Jean Greys:

  1. Jean
  2. Phoenix Jean
  3. Madelyne Pryor

Scott Summers’ DNA and Jean Grey’s DNA have been combined several times across several alternate realities. There are four GreySummers+ kids:

  1. Nathan Christopher Summers, aka Nathan Dayspring Askani’son, aka Cable
  2. Nate Grey
  3. Rachel Summers
  4. Stryfe

Cable‘s parents are Scott Summers (from the main timeline, Earth-616) and Madelyne Pryor (616). Madelyne is genetically identical to Jean Grey. Cable is the oldest living member of the Summers clan, because of time travel.

Nate‘s parents are Scott Summers (from an alternate timeline, Earth-295) and Jean Grey (295), via artificial fertilisation & tube-based nurturing.

Rachel‘s parents are Jean Grey (from an alternate timeline, Earth-811) and, officially, Scott Summers (811).

Stryfe is a clone of Cable.

Scott Summers has a brother, Alex Summers, also known as Havok. He also has another brother Gabriel, also known as Vulcan, and a potential half-brother Adam (also known as Adam-X, or X-Treme).

Currently Jean Grey is an adult and dead, Madelyne Pryor is an adult and dead, and Scott Summers is an adult and alive. There is a living teenaged Jean Grey on Earth-616—that’s the main, regular timeline—and a living teenaged Scott Summers there too (as well as the adult, living one). [Editor’s note: At least pre-Secret Wars.]

Several alternate versions of Jean Grey have had romantic relationships with Wolverine as well as, or instead of, those she’s shared with Scott. Nate Gray’s home-timeline of Age of Apocalypse, Earth-295, for example, held a Jean Grey who loved Weapon X, an alternate Logan. Her ovum (presumably?) was used to create Nate with the sperm of Prelate Summers—not Jean’s lover, but her captor. Mister Sinister, an early mutate (a mutant with an identifiable, post-birth biological trigger) and evil geneticist, has an immortal obsession with the Summers and Grey genetic lineages. Many versions of him encourage or force the combination of their offspring in the hopes of producing some mutant ideal.

But that’s not what I mean when I say weird. The writers of Marvel take Sinister’s mixey-changey ideas, and make them worse.

Nate and Maddie’s MMMM kiss:

Would you kiss a dead alternate version of the clone of your mother that your alternate father married and sired your alternate self with? Nate would: READ  MORE

Top Ten Black Actresses Who Can Play a Younger Storm, October 1, 2014,

Storm #1. Writer by Greg Pak. Art by Victor Ibanez. Cover Art by Victor Ibanez. July 23 2014. Marvel Comics.I love Storm and was mostly exposed to the character through the many X-Men animated television shows that populated my young life. Last week, during a Yahoo Q&A, X-Men: Apocalypse writer Simon Kinberg verified that Halle Berry, James Marsden, and Famke Janssen will not be reprising their roles in the upcoming X film if their characters were to be written in.

“If we included some of the original X-Men, like Storm, Jean, Scott, and others, yeah we would have to recast them, because Apocalypse takes place a good twenty years before “X1,” which now insanely was fifteen years ago.”

– Simon Kinberg, Yahoo

So who are my choices for the African Queen, Street Thief, Leader of the X-Men and general mutant bad ass? Well, check out my choices below.


10. Lyndie Greenwood

She plays the kick ass Jenny Mills in Sleepy Hollow and would make a great 80s Storm. She’d definitely bring the edgier aspects of the character to life.


9. Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson has attitude and could go head to head with the likes of Magneto & Wolverine. I’m very excited to see her in the indie film Dear White People out in October and I expect great things.

8. Keke Palmer

Now we’re starting to get younger here with Keke Palmer who I first saw inAkeelah & The Bee. X-Men is an ensemble movie with the focus usually on Wolverine, Magneto, Professor X and now Mystique (thanks to Jennifer Lawrence) so Palmer doesn’t necessarily have to deal with the pressures of leading a big film. I think she has talent but I haven’t seen her challenged in her roles yet.  READ MORE

Happy List Reading!

Melinda Pierce

Melinda Pierce

Contributor for WWAC, mother of 2 mini-geeks, writer, and girl geek. Dreams of having enough time to write Veronica Mars fanfiction. @melindabpierce