We're all aware that the Phoenix Force will be returning in Avengers vs. X-Men to seep its cosmic claws into a certain Mutant Messiah. However, the solicit for the upcoming event has coloured me confused and wary of yet another example of disregard for continuity.
It was established at the end of Phoenix: Endsong that Jean has been in The White Hot Room collecting fragments of the Phoenix Force to make her and it whole again (since they are now canonically one). We have seen this when the Cuckoos' Phoenix fragments were sapped from their bodies, as it happened with Rachel Grey and Korvus' Phoenix Blade.
This has been building up for years, and Jean herself has appeared to Emma in prophetic visions. So my question is, where is she? It has been revealed today that the Secret Avengers will go into space to fight the Phoenix Force itself head on, but how is it alone? What happened in The White Hot Room to separate the two and for the PF to return to Earth? Or is Jean still the White Crown Phoenix and it is her they'll be facing, and if she is, what need does the Phoenix need Hope Summers for?
I guess what my main concern is, will Jean Grey's recent history be eradicated in order to make way for a big whoopla with the Phoenix and Hope, or should we have more faith in the writers at Marvel to acknowledge stories setting these rules before them?
All will be revealed in the coming months, but of course what's an X-Men event without speculation?