Rachel Summers is the daughter of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, Cyclops and Phoenix, on Earth-811. Her reality diverged from the regular time line when Senator Robert Kelly was assassinated by the Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants. In her world, this event caused the mutant/human relations to escalate to the point that an anti-mutant candidate won the next presidential election. He put forth the legislation that brought the giant mutant hunting robots known as the Sentinels. The goal was to eliminate all mutants. The Sentinels adapted and decided the best way to do so was to take over North America. They did not stop with just mutants. Several super-powered humans were also killed or imprisoned. When Rachel was a child, the X-Men's base, Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, was attacked. Rachel was the only survivor. Rachel was taken and brainwashed. Using her psionic powers, Rachel became a mutant "hound" and tracked down other mutants. Her face was tattooed with the mark of a hound. Rachel was even forced to kill some of her fellow mutants.
Rachel Summers was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne and first appeared in Uncanny X-Men 141 (1981).
Travel to the Past
After some time, Rachel ended up at a Mutant Containment Facility where she found other surviving X-Men. In a plan to end the nightmare that was their world, Rachel used her psionic powers to switch the psyche of the X-Man, Kate Pryde with that of her younger self. Kate found herself in the body of a young Kitty Pryde who was still new to the X-Men. Together they prevented the assassination of Senator Kelly.
Unfortunately, history couldn't be changed. Rather than switching psyches with her younger self, Kate was actually sent into a different reality. So even though the assassination was stopped, the Sentinels still ruled their world. With everyone killed except for Kate and Rachel, Kate hypnotized Rachel to use her powers to tap into the Phoenix Force. Kate forced Rachel to travel back in time when the two were trapped in the laboratory of Project Nimrod, the next evolution in Sentinels. Rachel was followed by Nimrod and found herself, not in her past, but that of the mainstream reality. She was finally able to come to terms with her situation and found a home with the X-Men of this world.
Time With the X-Men
Upon hearing about the death of Jean Grey, Rachel decided to take on the mantle of Phoenix in the hopes of clearing her mother's name after the destruction the Phoenix Force had caused while in the guise of Jean. She locates a crystal with the mental imprint of her "mother" and relives the most indelible memories of Jean. Through experiencing what a woman her mother was in this time she feels confident that she can carry on with the good her mother had accomplished before becoming tied with the Phoenix Force. Rachel was a helpful but sometimes unreliable teammate who was driven mostly by her emotions and ghosts of her past. In an early mission, she, Wolverine, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler and Rogue were sent to save Banshee from James Proudstar who would later be known as Warpath. When given the task to locate Banshee with her telepathic powers, Rachel is unable to come to terms with this use of her power as she spent so much time as a Hound in her time. She panics and becomes a liability to the team.
On a mission to Asgard, she proves her worth and confidence as a member of the team, donning a costume resembling the Phoenix which was a problem for Cyclops. Rachel is finally pushed to her limits when targeted by the External, Selene. When doing battle with Selene, Rachel gains the upper hand and is about to execute her when Wolverine steps in an nearly fatally injures his teammate. His intention was to save her from doing something that would haunt her but he nearly killed her in the process. She runs off and even though the X-Men search, especially her best friend Kitty Pryde, they can find no sign of her anywhere.
Rachel was next found as a prisoner of Mojo and Spiral, forced to perform for the people of Mojoworld. She is rescued by her former teammates Nightcrawler and Shadowcat and are later joined by British Superheroes Captain Britain and Meggan to form Excalibur. During her tenure with this team she came into her own as a confident woman and is frequently shown having to stave off advances from men all around England, much to the chagrin of her teammate Shadowcat. Rachel was a huge asset to the team and battled with several forces such as the Technet and Sat-yr-9. The team ventured through many adventures through time and even found themselves becoming a part of history in World War II.
On the way back to the present, Captain Britain got lost in the time stream and Rachel switched places with him. Rachel finds herself in the far future where the evil mutant, Apocalypse rules. She starts the Clan Askani as a way to thwart his further rule. Knowing of her half-brother's potential (Nathan Summers, also known as Cable), she sends a member of the clan (aptly named Askani) to retrieve the young Nathan, who has been infected with a virus. To ensure a form of her brother can stand and fight against the forces of Apocalypse, Rachel has Nathan cloned. The clone falls into enemy hands and Rachel uses her psionic abilities to bring Scott and Jean's consciousness forward through time to care for Nathan. This, plus an attack on the Askani citadel, caused a great deal of strain on Rachel's body, which caused her to go into a coma. Her mind was still able to communicate and she helps Nathan grow as much as possible.
Rachel Return to Present
Later Cable was able to save Rachel and bring her back to the present. With Excalibur, Rachel was a big help. Galactus came to earth sending one of his Heralds to tell Excalibur to render Rachel. The herald tells them that Galactus wants take the Phoenix out of Rachel saying Rachel it too dangerous to Galactus to have the Phoenix. Rachel laughed it off and asked was the Herald joking. She use her telekinesis to hit the Herald out of the Earth's orbit and onto the moon. Galactus made a machine that would take the Phoenix from Rachel and send it into orbit. Rachel goes to other dimensions and finds out she is the only Rachel Summers anywhere. She comes back and the Herald returns and charges at her. Rachel use her telekinesis to swing her around and throw her at Galactus.
X-Treme X-Men and Transition back into the Fold
After being gone for so long, it seemed like Rachel had been forgotten. In the last story arc of X-Treme X-Men, the team is targeted by Elias Bogan. Through the use of his pet telepath, Elias begins to control members of the X-Men, using Bishop as his own weapon against his team. With the recruitment of Kitty Pryde into the team, Magma, Kitty, Sage and Storm are able to free the telepath and in turn their teammates. Since the telepath is shrouded in a shadow form the entire time the team is unaware that she is indeed Rachel Summers. She is freed and without hesitation rejoins the X-Men.
Rachel continues on with Storm's team of the X-Treme Sanctions E xecutive and is a badge carrying member. She takes on the name Rachel Grey and the code name Marvel Girl with a costume resembling Jean Grey's classic green and yellow outfit all in honor of her mother. She is shown to be far more powerful now then she ever was before, taking on such feats as creating a micro black hole while fighting the Fury and creating a Jovian pressure field while saving the Queen of England from Arcade. She becomes very fast friends with Psylocke who had recently been resurrected and sees more of a distance from Kitty Pryde as her lover Colossus had also recently returned from the dead.
Rachel Return to X-Men
As a Christmas gift from Cyclops and Emma Frost, Rachel was finally introduced to her maternal grandparents and was quickly accepted with open arms by the Grey family. She spent quite a bit of time trying to become a new part of that family and interacting with her Grandparents John and Elaine Grey. They attempted to throw a party in her honor but was attacked by the Shi'ar Death Commandos, an elite squad of bounty hunters. In the process the Death Commando's killed the entire Grey family in 24 seconds, also marking Rachel's back with some sort of ink that set into her DNA, a sort of scarlet letter for bounty hunters. With the help of the X-Men the Death Commando's were defeated. She was examined by Beast as to the nature of the mark that haunts Rachel, but it is compared to the "M" tattoo on Bishop's eye and Rachel claims to not be able to remove it. She is questioned by Nightcrawler on whether it is just a matter of her willingness to keep it. After trying to cope with the loss of her new family the Death Commando's escaped and attacked her again while at a therapy session. She escaped again only to fight most of the Death Commando's on her own. Once again the X-Men showed to help her battle her new foes. The defeated them but the world was attacked by a Shi'Ar battleship, Rachel combined her powers with Psylocke's to block the attack, redirecting it back to the ship and saving the planet.
House of M
During the House of M storyline Rachel's and Psylocke's combined energies transported them to the White Hot Room and they were able to retain their powers. Upon returning to Earth-616, they realized that Betsy, in this reality, was a princess, sister of Captain Britain, ruler of England. They were able to save Nocturne, alternate reality daughter of Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch, from a group of Marauders (in this reality consisting of Callisto, Black Tom Cassidy and Caliban) and they were also vital in Captain Britain's effort to save Earth-616 from destruction.
Once Rachel's uncle Vulcan reawakened due to The Scarlet Witch's Decimation Wave, he set out to gain revenge on those who wronged him: namely Professor X. Rachel was sent on team, including Wolverine and Cyclops, to investigate the power surge Vulcan's return had caused to Cerebra. Vulcan quickly dispatched with Wolverine and kidnapped Cyclops and Rachel (oblivious to her genetic relationship with him). Vulcan mistakenly took Rachel for her mother, Jean. Using his psionic power to manipulate energy, he took control of Rachel's telepathic and telekinetic energies in order to render her powerless and taunt his new foes with illusions recreated from his traumatic memories. Vulcan ordered Charles to expose himself and reveal all the wrongs he had done, but since Charles was depowered after the events of House of M, Vulcan forced Rachel to link all their minds in order to show them what actually transpired during the X-Men's battle with Krakoa. However, Rachel used this link to sense another consciousness in Vulcan and then release Darwin from Vulcan's mind. This caused Vulcan to lose the powers he gained from his former teammates and gave the X-Men an opportunity to attack.
Vulcan then fled the planet in order to exact his vengeance on the entire Shi'ar Empire. Professor X then chose Rachel to be a member of a special team that would travel to space to defeat Vulcan. Other team members included Havok, Polaris, Nightcrawler, Warpath and Darwin (another student of Xavier's who had survived Krakoa). Because Charles was still depowered at the time, he and Rachel trained intensively on her telepathy and often allowed Charles' mind to flow through hers. The team launched into space using an old Shi'ar spaceship and started following Vulcan, who having regained his memory, was slowly destroying the Shi'ar Empire.
They were soon joined by The Starjammers, Lilandra and Korvus, a mysterious Shi'ar prisoner, originally sent to kill the Starchilde - Rachel due to her current connection to the Phoenix. Korvus wielded the Phoenix Blade, which contained a small portion of The Phoenix Force, being passed on to him by one of his ancestors who, though a Shi'ar, was an avatar to the Phoenix Force, Rookshir. Upon having contact with the Phoenix Blade, as she was fighting Korvus, Rachel telepathically exchanged memories with him, immediately forming a psychic rapport with him, and also absorbing a portion of the Phoenix Force contained within the Blade. Rachel soon frees Korvus from the Shi'ar's control and invites him onto the team despite Warpath being weary at such a decision.
Eventually, mutual attraction formed between Rachel and Korvus due to their psychic rapport and they started becoming more and more intimate with Rachel eventually cutting it off as she wasn't sure if what they had was real or because of the Phoenix. Upon learning that Deathbird and Vulcan are to wed and Xavier is to be executed the team crashes the wedding. Vulcan uses this opportunity to kill D'Ken and claim the Shi'ar throne as it's new Emperor with Deathbird as his Empress. Vulcan than proceeds to try and kill Lilandra but he's stopped by Corsair, in response Vulcan fatally strikes down his own father before retreating. Lilandra has Xavier and those present with him sent to Earth to protect them.
Following Vulcan's ascension to the throne the team, now lead by Havok, stays in space and is later forced to aid Vulcan against a common threat only to be betrayed by him afterward. Gladiator is sent after Rachel only to be defeated by her. Only Lilandra, Rachel and Korvus manage to escape capture with Korvus being mortally wounded. While recovering Rachel and Korvus mend their relationship and begin referring to each other as their "love". Continuing to elude Vulcan's forces they relied almost exclusively upon Rachel's mastery of the Phoenix, though when they eventually meet up with Havok again the remaining fragments of the Phoenix within Rachel and Korvus's blade are taken away by Rachel's mother for an unknown reason. This leads to Rachel being badly wounded which drives Korvus into a rage, they are soon forced to retreat so that they could recover.
In the final battle against the Shi'ar, Lilandra is apparently assassinated by Darkhawk, in reality it was an impostor, despite Rachel's best efforts to save her. This leads Gladiator to defect and engage Black Cloak in battle which causes the Shi'ar forces to break into chaos. During the ensuing battle Rachel finds the opportunity to at last obtain revenge by killing Black Cloak, leader of the Death Commandos and slayer of her family, and in turn saved Gladiator's life. Gladiator informs Rachel that Black Cloak was merely following orders before he kills the real mastermind behind the Death Commandos. Following this Rachel and the Starjammers head back to Earth after Gladiator accepts his role as the new leader of the Shi'ar. Ch'od and Raza of the Starjammers stay behind and later end up helping the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Age Of X
While still in space with Alex and Lorna, Rachel attempted to contact Professor Xavier or Emma Frost with a message. Legion warped reality taking Rachel's mind with it creating the amnesic Revenant. She is a member of The Force Warriors, the most powerful telekinetic and psionic-based team into the Fortress X. Rachel does not take a part in an active way during the battles since her powers are essential to rebuild the force walls at Fortress X after each attack . Those walls are the only protection against their enemies and the most important way of surviving. Once reality was restored, Rachel's mind is separated from her body which according to her is "half a universe away". Rachel no longer remembers the message and her mind retains the form of her Age of X counterpart.
Age of X Aftermath
In the aftermath with the fading Rachel, she asks for Rogue to connect with her to see what will happen. When the two of them touch, Rogue sees a vision of where Rachel, Havok, Polaris are. Rachel then returns to her body, when she awakens she is met by an unseen villain holding a gun and telling her he has killed her friends.
Return back to Earth, "Five Miles South of the Universe"
Rachel sends an intergalactic distress call to the X-Men. Rogue came to her aid but she finds her in an unconscious state. They are on board of an huge intergalactic vessel , Gul Damar Station. Her body is being carried for a group of space pirates. At the same time a civil war is happening between The Shia'r Empire and and alien insect race. When Rogue is able to awaken Rachel from her catatonic state they're able to take control of the Pirates with Rogue now as their leader. The pair proceed to lead the pirates to rescue Havok and the others from the control of the Friendless who had been the one that put Rachel in a coma initially. Eventually Rachel and Rogue are able to stop the Friendless and they arrive at Earth, Korvus though quickly begins acting erratic due to the unfamiliar setting. Rachel worries for Korvus and despite her love for him she can't stand to see Korvus in such a state and wishes he would return back to space so that he can be happy. Rogue's solution is to offer Korvus the position of Captain of the space pirate crew in her stead. Korvus accepts and is transported to his new ship with Rachel's blessing.
In the aftermath of the Schism between Wolverine and Cyclops, Rachel decided to go with Team Wolverine and went to the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning as a teacher. She teaches foreign languages, Psychic Self Defense and Brain Spelunking. She is also having an eye on Quentine Quire as a special task granted by Wolverine.
Avengers vs X-Men
During the conflict between the Avengers and the X-Men, Rachel chose to secretly aid her father Cyclops by informing him where Hope was and she personally defeated Thor, Iron Fist, and many other Avengers all on her own despite no longer being a Phoenix Host. Multiple times throughout the conflict Rachel tried to explain that she was living proof that the Phoenix Force could be tamed but the Avengers and even her fellow X-Men ignored her for the most part. Only Cyclops and his team seemed to acknowledge her existence but eventually even she grew uncomfortable as Cyclops began to grow more and more crazed due to constant Avenger attacks and being forced to absorb more of the Phoenix Force into himself. Before Professor X's death he reveals to Rachel that after him Rachel is the most powerful Telepath upon the planet. Following the conclusion of the event Rachel believes in her father's innocence and strongly opposes blame being placed upon him and continues to mention, when Cyclops is brought up, that it was the Phoenix's influence that drove Cyclops to madness.
-Primer (Story Arc)-
Rachel Grey is one of the women that come together to form an all female X-Men team that was unofficially lead, initially, by Storm. The reasoning for them coming together involves the appearance of Sublime who sought out their aid. When being interrogated by Rachel and Pyslocke he reveals that his crazed sister, Arkea Prime, had returned and desired vengeance against him as they had cast her off Earth in ancient times. During the interrogation Sublime asks Rachel is baby Shogo had been secured, when he founds out that the baby hadn't been Sublime panics and Rachel had Psylocke shut him down until she can figure out the situation. (X-Men Vol 4 #1)
After putting the school on lock-down Rachel, Psylocke and Sublime rendezvous with Storm. Sublime agrees to aid the X-Men but Arkea manages to escape. While they're on the x-jet pursuing Arkea both Rachel and Sublime begin to form an attraction with each other. (X-Men Vol 4 #2)
When they land Rachel notices that Sublime is sitting rather close to her which leads to casual flirting. Later Sublime is seated next to Rachel in the van as they wait outside the building for Arkea's next move. Once inside they're assaulted by Arkea and the patients that she had possessed. During the resulting skirmish Rachel remains close to Sublime, protecting him from harm. When Psylocke is posed to kill Arkea, and thus Karima, Rachel tries to stop her while Storm makes the call to kill Karima. Sublime sides with Rachel and asks Arkea if Karima's consciousness still resides within that body. This gives Karima a chance to temporarily break free and attempts suicide so that she can kill Arkea. Karima survives her suicide attempt while Arkea appears to have been killed. (X-Men Vol 4 #3)
Rachel is extremely displeased with Storm and challenge's Storm's leadership and decisions due to Storm's willingness to sacrifice Karima and Storm assuming that she was the leader of their unofficial team. Storm confronts Rachel which leads to them quarreling over the decision regarding Karima's fate.
Putting their differences on hold Rachel and Storm agree to work together for now. When Storm begins questioning the team's ability during the operation Rachel tells Storm to trust in the team. This leads to Storm asking Rachel on what Rachel would have done in that situation, Rachel tells Storm that she would have done everything she could before sacrificing Karima's life and that she, Rachel, would have been right. Angered by this Storm brings up Rachel's attraction to Sublime which causes Rachel to call out Storm on such a low blow.
Rachel makes it clear that she wont let the Karima thing go and is unsure what this means between them. Storm doesn't apologize and states that she would have made the same call again. Storm than says that Rachel can go on and help the team. However, before Rachel can go help the team an emergency occurs and Storm is goes out to save a falling Rogue. (X-Men Vol 4 #4)
-Battle of the Atom(Event)-
When the future "X-Men" arrive in the present Rachel confronts the telepath wearing Xorn's helmet, when "Xorn" takes off her helmet she reveals herself to be an older Jean Grey of the Original 5 X-Men that had been brought to the present by Beast to punish Cyclops. Later when Rachel decides that she cannot agree to forcing the Original 5 back into their own timeline against their will both Kitty and Rachel both proceed to aid the runaway teenage Cyclops and Jean against the future "X-Men". Eventually the Original 5 agree to be sent back but cannot for some reason, around that time the true X-Men of the future arrive and they aid Rachel and the others against the "X-Men" who're really the future Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Following their defeat Rachel is present when Kitty Pryde leaves the school, as does the Original 5 X-Men, to go to Cyclops's school as she didn't agree with Wolverine's desire to force to force the Original 5 X-Men to return to their time against their will and how they refused to listen to her. Despite Rachel agreeing with Kitty she chooses to remain.
-Muertas (Story Arc)-
News of Lady Deathstrike's return reaches the team, Rachel initially doesn't believe it. Monet feels that they should deal with this regardless and wonders what their team name is. Storm mentions that they aren't a team and Rachel mutters under her breath that she had a name for it with Storm quickly mentioning that they stuff have a few things to talk over. (X-Men Vol 4 #7)
Typhoid Mary infiltrates the school during the night, this catches the attention of a sleeping Psylocke and Rachel who reveals that she sleeps in her uniform and that she's already working to intercept the intruder. While monitoring the encounter Rachel reveals to Psylocke that the intruder cannot escape as they've stolen the "box", realizing what it is Psylocke tells Rachel that she must contact Sublime which Rachel already planned to do. Storm than walks in wondering about the recent attacks, Rachel realizes why the box was taken as it possibly contains a functional piece of Arkea.
Rachel awkwardly contacts Sublime who isn't surprised to hear from her nor does he panic when Rachel reveals that a piece of Arkea had been stolen. This makes Rachel suspicious and she asks whether he's okay or not, Sublime brushes it off as nothing. (X-Men Vol 4 #8)
After an exhausted Sublime had been rescued from the Sisterhood by Psylocke, Rachel privately interrogates Sublime as she wants to learn as much as she can about the return of Lady Deathstrike as possible from him. Sublime eventually turns the topic over their mutual attraction towards each other, Rachel informs him that she doesn't have time for that and isn't sure what she was thinking letting herself be alone with Sublime as she's the last person that should be alone in a room with him.
Sublime is cut off from what he was about to say when he realizes that Arkea is back. Rachel quickly informs the team about Arkea's return before heading out. As they plan their strategy Rachel wonders if Arkea fears she'll lose to them again, Sublime reveals that Arkea isn't targeting him anymore but the X-Men. Rachel soon begins losing contact with Monet and proceeds with formulating strategies to prevent Arkea's escape. (X-Men Vol 4 #9)
Following the team's failure to stop Arkea and the Sisterhood's escape Rachel is present as Beast provides medical care to Sublime. When Sublime is uncooperative with Beast, Rachel calls him out on it. This leads to a confrontation between the two of them which causes Beast to quickly flee the scene and give them some privacy. With Beast gone Sublime quickly brings up that they both shared a moment that one night while they were on the x-jet (X-Men Vol 4 #3) and questions if Rachel wanted more.
Rachel instinctively tries to make telepathic contact with Sublime but he stops her and tells her that he wants to hear what Rachel has to say with her own words. Rachel explains that it's complex and that even though she's the one that gets to make the decision to be with Sublime or not it's her friends that would never approve of such a relationship. Not to mention that they all, Rachel included, will always see Sublime as a villain due to his past deeds.
Thus Rachel tells Sublime that they're a bad idea. Sublime understands Rachel's decision and mentions that he sometimes forgets that others aren't like him as he's had lived a million lifetimes at that point. As he heads back to his holding cell Rachel telepathically tells him that she's sorry which Sublime says that he is too. It's unknown what else Rachel told Sublime during their final telepathic link or what she may have found out about him. (X-Men Vol 4 #10)
As the Sisterhood gathers members the X-Men meet up to plan their next strategy. Rachel figures that the Sisterhood's current strategy is to gather more members. The team soon after receives a call and learns that the Sisterhood plans to recruit Selene, the Black Queen, and resurrect Madelyne Pryor. (X-Men Vol 4 #11)
Storm orders a sound off and it is revealed that Rachel had been placed as Second-in-Command of the team. The team than heads out to where the "Queen Bee" part of Arkea is and launch their surprise attack with Rachel having Monet take point. After the rest land Rachel allows Psylocke to pursue Typhoid Mary upon her own while securing a promise that Psylocke wont let Typoid Mary escape this time.
During the fighting Rachel and Storm ambush Arkea and Selene. As Storm is about to attack Rachel tells Storm to stop as Arkea can travel through Storm's own lightning due to her powers. This is all the distraction Madelyne Pryor needed to spring her trap upon Rachel and creates a telepathic explosion in the form of a concentrated burst inside Rachel's head thus incapacitating her and causing Rachel's nose to bleed.
With Rachel at Madelyne's mercy Storm makes Madelyne a deal, Selene and Madelyne may go free and they'll face each other at another time. All they care about is stopping Arkea at the moment. Madelyne releases Rachel and she walks away with Selene. As Arkea lashes out in a rage Monet places her in a hold as Karima reveals that Sublime had developed a bullet that would save the host but kill Arkea right before Karima pulls the trigger. Afterward Karima leaves to go with Gabriel Shepherd of Sabra. Rachel is impressed with Karima's taste in men as the team sees Karima off. (X-Men Vol 4 #12)
-Bloodlines (Story Arc)-
Following the aftermath of Arkea's death Sublime opts to leave the school with Rachel demanding an explanation. Sublime tells Rachel that it's complicated and when prompted he tells Rachel that the fact is that they still murdered his sister. As he leaves Sublime looks at Rachel through his window while Rachel looks up to see him off.
Later when Rachel is alone she reveals that she now knows that Sublime had killed her mother and is a complete mess over the entire Sublime situation which concerns her team. When Rachel learns that student had been shot she resumes her duties and is there as Beast is treating the student who should make a full recovery. However, the shooter is still a mystery. (X-Men Vol 4 #13)
Rachel acts upon her own with Monet to go after who they believe to be the shooter in a highly bust subway system. Thanks to Rachel's telepathy they're shielded from the public eye. Rachel extends her shielding on the shooter so that Monet can tackle him without anyone noticing. The shooter free's himself and tries to commit suicide but Monet stops him after having Rachel lower their shielding. Afterward the two of them take the shooter into custody.
While interrogating the shooter they're surprised that Storm isn't furious when she finds out that Rachel acted without her knowledge as Storm calls a team meeting. At the team meeting Storm tells them that they're an official team now and when Rachel assumes that Storm will be their leader Storm informs everyone that it will be taken by silent vote. Before they can decide on anything the shooter escapes and causes extensive damage to the school before perishing. (X-Men Vol 4 #14)
Kymera informs Rachel and the rest of the team that in four hours they'll be attacked, during that future attack Jubilee is maimed permanently and Shogo is kidnapped by his biological father and it would take them 15 years to recover from it. After the others leave to prepare their defenses Rachel informs Storm that if she can get them through this crisis she'll have Storm's back forever. (X-Men Vol 4 #15)
After Jubilee's capture Rachel takes it upon herself to get as much information from Kymera as possible in regards to Shogo's father. Once Rachel learns what is supposed to happen next in Kymera's timeline Rachel informs the team. While they're en-route to where Jubilee is being held Rachel informs Storm that in Kymera's future that the Future (Organization that wants Shogo) loses, 7 of the school members die and 12 are wounded. This shocks Storm and Rachel explains that in Kymera's future the Future had the luxury of picking the battlefield and were prepared for them.
Upon arriving Monet is attacked by the forest itself, Rachel realizes that they need more intel and instructs Psylocke to lead a scouting team. Psylocke informs Rachel that Monet was right about the forest seemingly having a consciousness and Rachel informs her that the system they're fighting is something called Bloodline. The Future than sends an offer - Jubilee for Shogo. Storm responds by declaring war on them which enrages their leader. (X-Men Vol 4 #16)
Rachel is unable to locate Monet, Storm theorizes that Bloodline is blocking Rachel out but Rachel isn't so sure. Suddenly they're attacked by the forest and Rachel is telepathically assaulted by it. Storm is worried for Rachel but Rachel informs her that she'll manage, Storm than asks Rachel is the forest is sentient which it isn't. Storm than asks if it can feel pain, Rachel isn't sure so Storm leaves to test that out first hand with by calling up a storm to assault the forest.
Eventually Kymera has Psylocke contact Rachel and Rachel is told that she needs to stop Storm from accidentally killing Monet. Rachel quickly subdues a crazed Storm and calms her down by telling her that Monet and Jubilee are down there. Taking a breather Rachel is concerned over Storm's maniac state as she had never seen Storm lose her head like that before.
The pair meet up with Kymera who reveals that Shogo's blood can control Bloodline and they steal control from Shogo's biological father. Bloodline promptly kills him as it only recognized Shogo as its controller now. With that the team reunites with Jubilee and they return to the school. Kymera though departs afterward though she promises to return whenever Shogo needs help. (X-Men Vol 4 #17)
-Exogenous (Story Arc)-
Rachel vividly remembers when the Shi'ar's Death Commando's attacked her and killed nearly all of her relatives when they had sought out to erase the Grey Genome (End of Greys - Story Arc). Back to reality Rachel informs the team that they have to kill all of the virus and Rachel formulates a plan to accomplish that. With Pylocke and Monet's help they group the virus together with telekinetic pushes so that Storm could fry them all with her lighting. Afterward Agent Brand contacts the team and informs them that they've found Deathbird. Jubilee questions the connection Rachel has with Deathbird and Rachel informs her that the Shi'ar had wiped out most of her family and that Deathbird is her Aunt.
Upon meeting with Agent Brand the team is informed of Deathbird's current status and that Agent Brand specifically wants Rachel's help due to Rachel's knowledge of the Shi'ar mind and history with Deathbird. Rachel agree's to help and asks for privacy as Rachel realizes that Agent Brand is keeping secrets from them. They discover that Deathbird's mind is a mess and that Rachel doesn't like Deathbird being referred to as her Aunt. Deathbird informs them within her mind that "they" are here. Suddenly they're under attack by a horde of Sidrian Hunters. Rachel has the team form a protective circle around Deathbird. Cypher figures out during the fighting that the Hunter's don't want Deathbird, they want her unborn child. (X-Men Vol 4 #18)
Rachel leads a small strike team, Monet and Psylocke, to track the creatures back to their home after they fought off Deathbird's pursuers. While tracking the creatures they run into the Shi'ar ship, named the Lilandra, and meet a Shi'ar man named D'keth, of the Weather Council, who knows of Rachel due to her heroism against Emperor Vulcan and the Grey Genome. D'keth tells them that they're looking for Deathbird but Rachel knows that D'keth is hiding something yet she still decides to tell him about Deathbird anyway as their interests aligned for the time being. Aboard the Lilandra they soon discover a Brood ship created from the remains of multiple Acanti. The team soon realizes that it's similar to what they saw in Deathbird's mindscape. Rachel decides that they should investigate and has Monet and Psylocke split up from her so they can cover more ground, while telling the Shi'ar that they can leave if they want to. The Shi'ar decide to remain and D'keth believes that Rachel is racist for not trusting him but Rachel tells him that she doesn't trust him because she can't read their thoughts and because she gets a "hit" from his mind whenever she mentions her family. When Rachel asks why D'keth is so uncomfortable about the massacre D'keth reveals that it's because it was his idea. After a moment of awkward silence Rachel attacks D'keth and tells him about the Phoenix 5, Avengers vs X-Men, and that the Shi'ar, based off D'keth's mistaken advice, slaughtered innocents for nothing. D'keth's seems regretful for it but Rachel doesn't buy it. At that time they're attacked by the supposedly dead "experiments" aboard the Brood ship. (X-Men Vol 4 #19)
Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier
Rachel is one of those required to be present for the reading of the Charles Xavier's will, however the proceedings cannot continue without Cyclops. This causes the school staff to badmouth Cyclops, only Rachel defends her father's innocence but she's promptly ignored by the others much to her annoyance. Once Cyclops arrives She-Hulk begins to read the will and they learn that Xavier had married Mystique in secret and that the X-Men would be needed to put a stop to an extremely powerful Mutant that Xavier had kept a secret. (Uncanny X-Men #24) During Xavier's recording things get heated between Cyclops and Iceman and Rachel is forced to calm her father, Cyclops, down before the reading can continue. Eventually it's revealed to them all that a new, and powerful, Mutant named Matthew Malloy exists and before Xavier will reveal the last part of his Will he wants Cyclops and Wolverine to lead a team, which includes Rachel or whoever else is their current most powerful telepath, to check on Matthew and ensure the blocks Xavier put on him are still holding. (Uncanny X-Men #25)
Powers & Abilities
Rachel is an Omega-Level Mutant and oft Phoenix Force Avatar who possesses unlimited psionic powers of telepathy and telekinesis, in addition to limited chronal abilities.
Rachel is also one of (and most probably well-known) hosts of the Phoenix Force. Unbeknownst to Rachel, when she traveled to Earth-616 she was also brought a piece of the Phoenix Force with her. Rachel went on several adventures without ever learning that she was a host of the Phoenix or using its power. After discovering that Cyclops (Earth-616's analogue of her father) was about to have a child with Madelyne Pryor and that " Jean Grey" had died (in reality this was Dark Phoenix impersonating Jean) Rachel went to visit her maternal grandparents' home (The parents of Earth-616 Jean Grey). There, she found a Shi'ar holo-empathic crystal that contained an imprint of Jean Grey, which prompted Rachel to make a vow to restore Jean's good name and atone for what the Dark Phoenix had done. Rachel not only claimed her codename but started tapping into the Phoenix Force. As Phoenix, Rachel's psionic powers were expanded as well as her control over them in addition to being granted several cosmic-level abilities. She found that she could more easily use her telekinesis to sense and manipulate energy and matter on a sub-atomic level, often rearranging molecules and generating energy blasts. On a cosmic scale, she could manipulate life-forces, survive unaided in space, possessed limited cosmic awareness, and presumably could resurrect herself (though she never displayed this power, other Phoenix Avatars have and this is one of the powers the Phoenix is famous for possessing). While hosting the Phoenix Force, she was able to battle the Beyonder and defeat Galactus.
Rachel's relinquished her connection to the Phoenix Force when she found herself stranded in a possible future (the Askani timeline). However, under certain circumstances Rachel was still able to tap into the Force to increase her power levels, an ability she almost completely lost while getting older. When this timeline ceased to exist and Rachel came back to the Earth-616 present, her connection to the Phoenix Force was not restored. However, this did not mean she could never host the Force again. Recently, Marvel Girl interacted with the Phoenix Blade, and as direct consequence Rachel absorbed most of the energies contained in the Blade (including Korvus' memories), which she called a "Phoenix Force Echo" which is much less powerful, but at the same time easier to control. Shortly afterwards, she started manifesting it in the classic Phoenix Force signature but this time with a small difference, the fiery bird was blue. It seems this Phoenix Echo was powerful enough to allow Rachel perform feats like fighting from equal to equal with Gladiator, Praetor of the Sh'iar Imperial Guard, enable her to survive in and fly through the vacuum of space without the need for any additional protection, charge a Shi'ar Warpdrive, and fight several warships. As a result of the mindmeld with Korvus and reconnecting with the Phoenix, Rachel's confidence increased and she began using her powers more proactively than even just prior to meeting Korvus. She changes her costume to reflect this and even manifests her telekinesis through her Phoenix aura, acting like an actual bird of prey.
Unfortunately, all the Phoenix Force hosts (including Rachel) lost their connections to the cosmic entity at exactly the same moment in Marvel Earth-616. Rachel called out to her mother who was reclaiming the Phoenix Force and pleaded to not lose the connection at that moment because she was in battle. Korvus' Phoenix Blade and the Stepford Cuckoos were affected too, leaving the first stunned and unable to lift the blade and the Cuckoos temporarily comatose. The fact that Rachel was not incapacitated like the Cuckoos is a testament to her power.
Marvel Girl is an Omega-Level telepath, similar to her mother Jean Grey, meaning she has limitless telepathic power. Her telepathy allows her to sense and manipulate thought allowing for a variety of effects. Most often for Rachel this includes mind reading, thought projection, forming temporary or permanent psychic rapports between individuals that can keep them connected to her despite great distances or power inhibitors. Because she was enslaved and forced to become a mutant-hunting hound Rachel's telepathy was honed to sense, locate and track other mutants based on their thoughts patterns; it's said she was the best hound ever created. Rachel can project blasts of psionic energy using them to stun, stupefy or even kill, she was also taught how to protect and shield her mind from any external psychic attacks.
She is able to cast psychic illusions manipulating the perceptions of others. During an encounter with Emma Frost and a new incarnation of the Hellfire Club, Emma forcibly taught Rachel how to render herself undetectable to the senses, making her effectively invisible. She can also scan or alter somebody's memories without causing any harm, heal/repair any harm caused to somebody's mind, and even suppress somebody's access to his/her superpowers. She can shield her and others' minds from psychic intrusion and project her astral self into the physical or astral planes of existence. In the right circumstances she has been able to swap minds from one body to another, but mostly in conjunction with her "chronoskimming" ability. Rachel can also sense residual psychic energy in locations and objects (effectively pulling thoughts from objects instead of minds) in order to recreate events in her mind's eye (most telepaths can do this, but sometimes it is a singular power called "psychometry"; see Adrienne Frost for details).
Rachel's telepathy, though having an immense potential, was very limited by her poor training and techniques. Rachel often relied on sheer power-level and lacked any subtlety or formal strategy. This is quite visible when some other telepaths with much less power have equaled or outmatched Rachel in battle, which happened with both Emma Frost or Professor X. Despite her limitless power, Rachel was unable to enter Psylocke's mind after her resurrection because her brother Jamie Braddock rendered her mind impregnable to any form of external telepathic interaction. However, Rachel underwent training with Frost and Xavier. During her intensive sessions with Xavier, he gave her full access to all his knowledge and telepathic skills which dramatically increased Rachel's finesse.
Marvel Girl is an Omega-Level telekinetic, meaning she has limitless telekinetic power. Rachel's telekinesis allows her to sense and manipulate matter and energy at varying thresholds. Commonly she uses her telekinesis three ways, offensively (firing concussive force blasts), defensively (creating telekinetic shields), and for transportation (flight). By using her telekinesis she can hover or fly at incredible speeds, manipulate matter down to the molecular level (often rearranging the unstable molecules of her costumes to better suit her tastes or the environment), manipulate objects at the macroscopic level, and deflect oncoming energy blasts.
One example of the finesse she has achieved over time is she was even able to subconsciously rearrange her own genome (in that instance making it more reptilian). Other amazing feats Rachel has performed include creating a micro black hole to "destroy" the Fury, levitating an entire city for a time ( Cable's floating city, Providence), sustain shields that withstood Jovian atmospheric pressures, deconstructing complex machinery, and replicating Psylocke's telekinetic blade.
Even with her power levels heightened by the Phoenix Force, magics have proven resistant to Rachel's telekinesis. When the Soulsword appeared embedded into a rock near the Excalibur lighthouse, Rachel attempted to remove it but despite using the full extent of her powers, Rachel was unable to remove the sword.
Chronal Abilities (Time-Travel)
Rachel has displayed a variety of abilities akin to time-travel. She appears to be connected to the timestream enabled her to sometimes travel physically or metaphysically through different points in time. Rachel has a particular ability called "chronoskimming" allowing her to psionically transplant a person's consciousness and send it through time into a younger or older version of that person (that particular reality's counterpart), into the closest living ancestor/descendant, or as a disembodied astral form.
Rachel appears to generate a "fourth dimensional pulse" which shields her from distortions in the timeline (i.e. changes in reality or time) . This, however, has been displayed with varying degrees of effectiveness. During the House of M, Rachel and Psylocke (who was also supposed to be immune to reality warps) were affected and believed themselves to be native to the Scarlet Witch's new reality. Rachel's powers only temporarily protected them and transported them to the White Hot Room. Also, When Rachel's "Mother Askani" timeline was voided, she returned to her younger self and her lost most of her memories of that timeline.
Skills and abilities
At times, Rachel has been shown to learn new skills extremely quickly like mastering Shadowcat's fighting style simply by watching her teammate perform it or learning lock-picking skills from Storm (of her timeline), engineering, using and repairing advanced technology and weapons, piloting aircraft. It's unknown if she has some type of photographic memory or just her telepathic abilities helping her to obtain this knowledge.
Despite being an Omega-Level Mutant, in most recent cases her powers appear less extensive than the abilities she has displayed as the Phoenix. Recent portrayals seem to undercut her natural mutant abilities and force to rely on the Phoenix Force for power, directly contradicting previous instances. Whether or not these are just psychological impediments to Rachel or mistakes in story writers is unclear.
Nimrod, the ultimate sentinel from Earth-1191, classified Rachel as an Omega class mutant, probably referring to a not further explained classification based on the threat level, being alpha an average threat and omega a severe threat.
- Gender: Female
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 125 lbs
- Eyes: Green
- Hair: Red
- Distinguishing Features: Facial tattoos giving to her when she was a mutant-hunting hound (most often concealed by her telepathy). She also has been branded on her back as a signature of the Phoenix by the Shi'ar Death Commandos (these markings were written into her genome so they could not be removed superficially)
- Power Signature: Marvel Girl exhibits a Phoenix emblem energy signature, which appears over her left eye whenever she uses her powers, and can manifest a shadow form (much like the shadow form Jean Grey-Summers gained when she absorbed the telepathic powers of Psylocke). Even when she lost the Phoenix Force, she still displayed the Phoenix insignia over her eye. After regaining a small portion of the Phoenix Force echo, the Phoenix emblem over her eye changed from a gold Phoenix emblem to a version made of electric blue flame. Since she gained the Phoenix echo she no longer manifests the shadow form. Rachel has since lost the small portion of the Phoenix force echo, and the blue emblem disappeared as well.
- Citizenship: American (alternate future), Honorary subject of the United Kingdom
- Place of Birth: unrevealed location in an alternate future
- Marital Status: Single
- Education: High school (Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters), some college
- Occupations: Adventurer, student; former leader of the Askani Sisterhood, former mutant "hound"
- Known Relatives: Scott Summers (Cyclops, father; deceased in alternate timeline), Jean Grey-Summers (Phoenix, mother; deceased in alternate timeline), Alex Summers (Havok, alternate timeline uncle), Gabriel Summers (Vulcan, alternate timeline uncle), Nathan Summers (Cable, alternate timeline half-brother), Nate Grey (X-Man, alternate timeline brother), Franklin Richards (alternate future husband), Jonathan Reed Richards (Hyperstorm, alternate future son), David Richards (alternate future son)
In this reality where Professor Xavier was Juggernaut she is shown as a young girl.
One such child was the time-traveling supervillain Hyperstorm, Jonathan Richards, who grew up to be one of the most powerful mutants ever taking over his world. Jonathan powers included dynamokinesis, telepathy, telekinesis and vitakinesis, also possessing his grandfather's genius level of intelligence. Eventually, he got tired of Earth and went to the space to conquer the galaxy, becoming a terrible and relentless tyrant.
Hyperstorm then developed an elaborate plan to visit the Earth-616 present (probably because this timeline is the origin of his own) to toy with the mythical Fantastic Four, his father and grandfather amongst them. Nathaniel Richards tried to prevent Hyperstorm's existence by kidnapping Franklin Richards and raising him in the future having a severe training to become the Psi-Lord, while finding a way to avoiding Franklin to lose control over his near limitless abilities. Nathaniel also helped the team, most of times not in the most subtle way, like teaching Invisible Woman some new ways to use her powers.
Hyperstorm's plan included rescuing the villain Tomorrow Man the time-stream to send him to attack the Fantastic Four, triggering some evens like the team's alliance with their former enemy Kristoff von Doom. Following this Hyperstorm faked Mister Fantastic and Doctor Doom deaths, removing them from the timeline just in the exact moment of their deaths after a battle with an unknown alien menace. Doom was imprisoned and incapacitated and Mister Fantastic exiles to to a remote past without any technology. The Fantastic Four were shattered, their trust broken, their leader and friend "dead".
Ultimately, the Fantastic Four confronted Hyperstorm after tracking him to his timeline/future and they lost the resulting battle, being thrown to the past when/where they successfully found and rescued Reed in the process returning to the future to fight Hyperstorm once more. Doom, free again, attempted to siphon some of Hyperstorm's power but he was just sent back to Earth-616 present. Hyperstorm, tired of the Fantastic Four, sent them back to the present as well, thinking they would fear and respect him. He was totally wrong. Reed assuming Galactus might be alive tracked him to the dimensional void he had been exiled. Hyperstorm discovered it and tried to stop it, but Mister Fantastic was one step ahead and Galactus was "alive" and hungry from his "resurrection". Reed lured Galactus into Hyperstorm convincing him he could feed of the infinite energy source Hyperstorm was, starting a fight which ended dragging both of them back to the dimensional void.
In this reality, they had a child named David Richards.
Dream Summers was born in the South Bronx Interment Center. Being just only one year old, her parents were killed. She grew up and manifested a a set of powers similar to her parents', plus some empathy powers of psychic nature; she is confirmed to have Omega class level powers. Upon claiming Marvel Girl's codename (being the third heroine using it) she became a member of the future incarnation of the X-Men. She appeared in the Spider-Man/X-Men: Time's Arrow trilogy of novels.
Weapon X: Days of Future Now
In this timeline, Rachel Summers was captured by the Weapon X Program and detained in the "Neverland" concentration camp.
House of M
When the mentally unstable Scarlet Witch used her powers to change the Earth-616 reality, Rachel's powers temporarily protected her and her teammate Psylocke from the initial reality warping wave transporting them to the White Hot Room. However, once they left the chamber to go back to Earth-616 the changes made in the timeline by the Scarlet Witch caught and transformed them. Rachel became the bodyguard and traveling companion to the princess Elisabeth Glorianna Braddock, sister of the ruler of all England, Brian Braddock. She helped Captain Britain, Meggan (Brian's consort in this reality also) and Psylocke to seal the void created by the Scarlet Witch's reality warp, seemingly sacrificing Meggan her own existence to seal this breach in the reality.
X-Men: The End
In this timeline based 20 years in the future, Rachel leaves the X-men to become Kitty Pryde's campaign manager to become Mayor of Chicago. After a series of devastating attacks on the X-men and related ones and the destruction of the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning she rejoins the X-Men. She tracks down Sinister who had kidnapped both Lebeau (Rogue and Gambit) and Summers (Cyclops and Emma Frost) children and helps Cable overcome the techno-organic infection he was suffering, purging and destroying Technarx. Later she goes to Sh'iar throne world, Chandilar, to face Cassandra Nova who was the mastermind behind all the attacks. Unfortunately Rachel is killed by Cassandra Nova and later revived to form together with Jean Grey, Madelyne Pryor and Scott Summers, amongst others, the Tree of Life of the Quabala, transcending this plane of existence.
In this reality, the Legacy Virus became one of the biggest Plague their world had ever seen, almost wiping most of the Earth population, humans and mutants equally. When Cypher caught the Virus, Warlock merged their bioforms trying save Cypher's life, which he did. Unfortunately, as a side effect, the Virus mutated and became a new non fatal disease, which attacked humans and mutants equally.
Most of the victims became techno-organic zombies, hungry and confused, hunting down living beings to absorb their life force; but the most powerful superbeings on the planet maintained their intellect enslaved by their hunger and basic instincts, all of them called the Vi-Locks.
Rachel Summers was a remaining member of the Avengers, the surviving superhero group.
The reality hoppers known as the Exiles´mission in this reality was rescuing Doug Ramsey, because he was supposed to be the cure for the plague, who was being kept safe in stasis by the Vi-Locks. Being really outmatched and Doug destroyed with no hope of surviving, Morph suggested Rachel to use her psychic powers to contact Thor and the Asgardians as one last try to fight the Vi-Locks, which she did successfully. Surprisingly for everybody, the Asgardian blood was strong enough to fight the virus and could be used as an antidote, so this reality was finally saved.
X-Men: The Animated Series - Rachel appeared in End and Beginning (Beyond Good and Evil Part 4, Episode 56) along with many other psychics.
X-men: Battle of the Atom
Rachel is featured in the mobile card game "X-Men: Battle of the Atom" based on the comic book story with the same name. Her cards are:
- Rachel Grey
- [Professor] Rachel Grey
- [New Xavier School] Rachel Grey