After seeing the teaser image with the Phoenix Force I thought of something. Is this big Jean's return? Jean Grey for quite a long time has become relevantly irrelevant. It just seems that Marvel doesn't have room for her anymore and probably won't for a long time which is why all her return theories seem like they just fall apart. Honestly I feel like she is just a plot device by name now. Like in Curse of the Mutants when Vamperine was raging at Scott saying "Jeannie wouldn't even recognize you". And there was the instance recently in Schism when Wolverine and Scott were arguing and her name came up to spite Wolverine by Cyclops and in turn got used to spite Cyclops. Her name is just a plot device, just something used to get people to stir. But what if she does come back? Where will she go? What will she do? Scott's in a relationship that just seemingly got rekindled by Gillen, Wolverine is everywhere at once, Hope is mysteriously connected to the Phoenix Force so is there really a need for her on Marvel Earth with the X-Men? Jean even without the Phoenix Force is an Omega Level mutant would be one of the most powerful beings on Marvel Earth. So what purpose does she really have if she returns?
Scott and Jean...old school lovers for years and just destined to be separated but inseparable. What would be the benefit of Jean going back to Cyclops if she comes back? That ship , in my opinion, has sailed, but in comics anything is possible. It would kick Emma to the curb and screw up that relationship. It would screw up the character development that Emma helped Scott gained, all it would is just back track Scott. It would go against the instances of Cyclops stating he has picked Emma over Jean. He has moved on so why should she still be used as a plot device to get some cheap pop from the hardcore Jean and Cyclops fans? It's getting as old as all the false Emma and Namor promos over the years. Enough of the relationship side so let's take a look at this from just a team standpoint since Schism split up the X-men. Cyclops' new X-tinction team includes Emma, Namor, Magik, Juggernaut/Colossus, Magneto, Danger, Storm and Hope. Do they really need her? I see absolutely no reason to put her on that team. The team is stacked with some of the most powerful mutants and Emma is already a powerful telepath and Hope there can just copy her powers and they also have Psylocke jumping between both teams. It would take some seriously bad writing or over powered enemies to even put a dent in that if Jean was there, the team is already powerful as it is. So what purpose would she have if she went back to Cyclops except die on him again? I don't see it doing anything beneficial, in fact I see it being more pointless or doing more damage than good.
What would happen with Emma? Would she get kicked aside from Scott even though he has already said he would pick her and has moved on from Jean and Jean accepted it? Why have two of the most powerful telepaths on the same team plus Hope and Psylocke?? Would Emma finally go with Namor? Emma has played leading X-Lady for a long time now and has done a great job at it. She has effectively replaced Jean as that head of the X-Girls aside from maybe Storm. It leaves a few options for Emma such as going with Namor, jumping ship to Wolverine's team, disappearing for awhile and opening a school somewhere. If Emma stayed on the team, she would just suffer the Storm treatment which to be such a powerful character and not have that same type of grandeur the character should receive which Storm should have IMO. It wouldn't really help Emma as a character either and she doesn't deserve to play second fiddle to anyone. Her character has always been like that personality wise but in terms of telepathy she will always be behind Jean. I think that should be as far as it goes.
The Mutant Messiah with the mysterious connection to the Phoenix Force. Why would we need another Phoenix Force user when they have one on the X-tinction team? I know Hope hasn't fully realized its potential and with the upcoming event in 2012 with the picture of the Phoenix, it could mean a Jean return or the event isn't about Jean but Hope using the Phoenix Force. It would make the whole Phoenix Force connection that Hope has pointless for two people to wield it unless that theory that Hope is Jean reincarnated is really true.
Possibly the only beneficial option that I see. Wolverine's big problem over the years is that his lovers die, even Jean, in fact he killed her before. The thing is he has always had an attraction for her and his and Cyclops' rivalry over her has become one of the most well known feuds in comics. One thing about Jean is she always comes back one way or another, so why not put her with Wolverine finally who himself has such a powerful healing factor he practically defies death himself? Both characters have had some kind of chemistry and have had such a big fan base, but hasn't had much of a chance to fully happen. Now let's look at this relationship from the team stand point. Jean could be to Wolverine what Emma is to Scott and he did name the Institute after her. The only draw back is Wolverine has Rachel Grey and Kid Omega, which again would be another overpowered situation so it is seemingly pointless if she did.
Well what about the rest of the X-men? There are plenty of them and there are plenty of new X books so where would she go? Some X-Men have been stuck as background characters despite being praised as some of the most powerful mutants for awhile now like Storm and Magneto who used to be big players but at least they have stuck around and get a bone tossed to them every now and then. I know there are a lot of Magneto fans and Storm fans that would love if those characters did something that actually utilizes their potential. If Jean was added to the mix, it would just crowd up the room again, and either Jean would be underwritten to make her manageable or one of those characters would still be held back for a longer period of time if not all of them will. If it's already happening to a bunch of them why would we need another one on the same team? I just see it being pointless.
So these are my thoughts on Jean right now. I just don't see much use for her right now or anywhere in the near future. The X-men are just too crowded and Jean has become much more than any of them ever could be. If she went back to Earth without getting depowered. Unless there is this big threat, Jean just doesn't fit in and when it's over, unless she gets cut off from the PF or depowered she doesn't have a practical use for her abilities. If she does come back it either ruins something good for a cheap pop or she just runs off or dies again. Maybe she can have a solo series of her adventures as the Phoenix or something if she really has to come back. I don't really care if she comes back or not, the X-men have been doing fine without her and I'm not bashing Jean in this blog, I'm just asking what would be the point and would it really be worth it?