I have been reading Marvel Comics for a long time time now, and i have also read DC Comics from time to time and upon reading them, i have noticed a difference between the two in terms of cosmology. DC likes to attribute most of their cosmology to the Judeo-Christian Religion like characters such as the Presence, Lucifer, Michael, Jesus Christ, Heaven and so forth. Marvel on the other hand tend to be more vague with the description of their cosmology. We rarely see or hear words connected to to the Judeo-Christian religion. They don't use the terms angels, demons, the devil and God in the same way as it is traditionally portrayed.. Even though we all know that the supreme being in Marvel is known as The One Above All, his character is not connected to biblical context as his counter in DC Comics. So does that mean Marvel doesn't use any biblical influence in their stories? Well, in my opinion they have and if you would try to dissect each stories, you will discover some uncanny similarities in some of Marvel's major story arcs and that of the contents of the bible.
This whole idea hit me upon finishing X-Men: Second Coming which focuses mainly on the return of Hope Summers, the Mutant Messiah. I wondered why would they refer to her as the Messiah. I know she would be the savior of her people and deliver them from darkness, while some thinks of her as the Anti-Christ who will bring about the destruction of everything. Still, many questions keep echoing in my head. Who exactly is Hope Summers? Who chose her to be the Messiah? Most of the logical equation points to a particular red-head mutant who has circled life and death countless times, yes it's Jean Grey. So is she the reincarnation of Jean Grey or her own woman sent by divine intervention to undo the curse of the Scarlet Witch over reality? If Jean Grey really wanted to be reborn, why was it at the same time when all of the mutant race is facing total annihilation? Was this all just coincidence or was it all preordained? So many questions and so little answers. But upon further thinking, i think i figured out the whole scenario. I don't know if this theory is correct but this does makes some sense..
Worse, no mutant births have come since that faithful day. The fate of the mutant race is sealed. Hank McCoy, went on a journey to find a way to undo what the Scarlet Witch did, but failed to find answers either with the help from science or magic nor from other realities and the future. The mutant race is on a dead end.
Then, just when you think all is gone, a light of hope came. A mutant birth like no other. A birth of a child who managed to overload Cerebra and cause a psychic feedback of epic proportions reminiscent to that of the Star of Bethlehem leading them to the child, the first and only mutant to be born after M-Day.
Her birth caused a power struggle between the remaining mutant population as everyone wants to put a claim on her. Some wants her to die for they believe that she is the harbinger of horrific end and others see her as the savior and will unite everyone in peace. For her safety she was sent to the future with Cable until her eventual return for her to play the role destiny has given to her.
After years with Cable in the future, Hope Summers returned to the present to do her role. Many died from the war including her father-figure Cable. At the last moment, Hope managed to unleash the power hidden deep within her and performed her role as her people's Messiah. After the bloody war, it was revealed the new mutant activity has manifested, signaling the return of her people, ultimately breaking the curse of the Scarlet Witch over her people.
It seems to be that the Phoenix Force of possibly Jean herself is behind the birth of Hope Summers. but how is that possible? Jean Grey is dead. She has been killed by Xorn disguised as Magneto via planetary scale stroke, though it was later revealed that Jean Grey's death was preordained by the Phoenix Force so that she could be reborn 150 years into the future and ascend as the White Phoenix of the Crown. It is now known that Hope Summers' biological mother is a woman named Louise Spalding, but what has Jean Grey and the Phoenix had to do with her birth? Those were the question plaguing me for a while now. After so much thingking and possible theory, the answer i can think of can be found in probably the most impossible source of inspiration for a Marvel comic book.. yes, the bible itself..
How did i come up with that theory you ask? Well let me explain..
We can associate these characters with some figures and characters mentioned in the bible. Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch for example can be associated with what the old text refer to as "The Whore of Babylon". According to the Book of Revelations, the "Whore of Babylon" was described as:
"And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication"
The Whore of Babylon is associated with the Antichrist and the Beast of Revelation by connection with an equally allegorical kingdom. The Whore's apocalyptic downfall is prophesied to take place in the hands of the beast with seven heads and ten horns. How those this connect with the Scarlet Witch? Well, aside from the obvious similarities between their clothing, we know that Wanda was the source of all the problems. But those these mean that Wanda Maximoff was evil? God, no! But we all know that the source of her powers is something far from being benevolent. According to the old text, the Whore is associated with the Beast and the Devil. Wanda Maximoff has been under demonic influence since her birth. Wanda was born in Mt. Wundagore in Eastern Europe. The very mountain where she was born is also where the essence of the primeval demon, the Elder God Chthon is imprisoned. Chthon blessed the newborn Wanda with a fraction of his unholy might as he seeks to use her as his vessel when the time comes that he can once again manifest his full demonic majesty back on Earth. I was also believed that he and the power that he gave her is what caused the Scarlet Witch's insanity. The Whore of Babylon is also depicted to be riding the Beast of the Sea, a monstrous dragon-like creature with seven heads. This creature is very reminiscent to the Elder God Set who is also known as the Serpent Emperor of the Seas. Set is also mystically connected to the Scarlet Witch by the power of the Serpent Crown which she once wore. According to the ancient texts, the downfall of the Whore of Babylon from the hands of the Beast and the Devil signals the start of the end. Likewise Wanda' nervous breakdown and eventual downfall from grace due to demonic influences is what started everyone's suffering.
The biblical text also says about a certain woman who will bear the savior. We can associate this figure to no other than Jean Grey. Jean Grey has been revealed to be one with the same being with the Phoenix Force. She is the Phoenix made flesh. Upon her death, she ascended to the White Hot Room which is the center of all creation and where the souls of the unborn and the departed waits for resurrection.. Like wise, the old text talks about a certain woman, described as:
" And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."
The bible talks of this woman who is clothed with the sun and wearing a crown of twelve stars. This woman is who will give birth to the savior of man. We know that Jean Grey is the Phoenix, and the Phoenix is Jean Grey. Jean as Phoenix is draped with the celestial flame of the Phoenix and after she has ascended, she is now referred to as the White Phoenix of the Crown. The Phoenix is the force behind creation itself. It is also the source of all life in the cosmos and the reservoir of all psionic energy in the multiverse/omniverse. We all know too that it was Jean and the Phoenix who is responsible for the birth of Hope Summers, but how is this possible? Jean is dead. I think the stories for the bible also holds the key into this mystery.
We know that Hope Summers was born in Alaska and has a biological mother named Louise Spalding. So we wonder how did Jean Grey influence the birth of the messiah.
The answer probably lies in the story of how the archangel Gabriel visited Mary and told her that she will conceive a child from divine intervention. We can assume that the same thing happened to Louise Spalding. A vision of Jean Grey may have appeared to Louise saying that she will give birth to the savior of this world. Hope mat have been conceived by the power of the Phoenix itself, justifying her connection with it. Jean may have sent her to undo what the Scarlet Witch did and restore the balance and status quo.
I know that these theories is purely speculation at the moment, but who know. Especially when it comes to the Phoenix, which is most of the time connected to a biblical connotation to some degree. Anyways thank you for letting me share this idea and please feel free to share what you think of it. Thank you very much..