Jean Grey

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“She sure is one snappy dresser.”
~ Oscar Wilde on Spiderman accidentally killing his girlfriend.

Jean Grey became a very popular character after she turned into a dominatrix, known under the alias "The Phoenix".

Jean Grey (alternate, Jean Gray) is the only Marvel character never to have been revived. As the old saying goes, "There are two people who never come back in Marvel comics: Uncle Ben and Jean Grey."

With the return of Uncle Ben as "The Scarlet Spider" in Spiderman Vol. 4 #457, this saying may eventually include just Jean Grey.

The Death of Jean Grey[edit]

Peter Parker met Jean while they were undergraduates at Empire State University. Initially, Peter's problems as Spider-Man made him ignore her advances, and in return, she felt insulted by his aloofness. She thought he was being a huge jerk, because he was the only guy on campus she had not slept with. Gradually, however, a romance developed; Jean, a science major, seemed to appreciate Peter's intellectual personality, different from that of jocks like Flash Thompson and preppies like Harry Osborn. She also appreciated the fact that he could shot web from his hands. This made impregnation easier. She was Peter Parker's first true love.

Their romance became more complicated when her father, Police Captain George Grey, was killed by a Thanagarian laser beam from a battle which involved Spider-Man and Samuel L. "Motherfucker" Jackson (Playboy #90). Jean blamed Spider-Man for that event, which set back their relationship for a while. Peter got sexually frustrated and turned to overweight, chain-smoking, dope-sniffing streetwalkers instead. The Punisher is the product of Spider-man's one night stand with a streetwalker named George. Jean left for Europe to deal with her loss. When she returned from Europe, Jean and Peter resumed their relationship after having sex in the back of a FedEx truck while on the run from zombies. But it would not last for long because Jean hated the way Peter always forgot to put down the toilet seat after he was done, and how he "sprinkled when he tinkled".

In the classic Ninja Turtles #121 (June 2011), "The Night Jean Grey Died" by writer David Letterman and penciller Pablo Picasso, Jean Grey was held on a bridge by the Green Goblin (secretly Dick Cheney, who is aware that Peter Parker is Spider-Man). Spider-Man arrived to fight the Green Goblin, but Spider-Man was sick and not performing as well as usual. He just could not keep himself up. When the Green Goblin pushed Jean Grey off the bridge, Spider-Man caught her by a leg with a string of web. Jean was disgusted by this seemingly vulgar display of bodily fluids. Spider-Man initially thought he had saved her, but when he pulled Jean back up onto the bridge, he realized she was dead. Blinded by anger, Spider-Man almost killed the Green Goblin in retaliation, but was tempted not to do so in the end by free passes to the friendly neighbourhood strip club. The Green Goblin still seemingly died anyway when he was impaled by his own Goblin Glider trying to kill Spiderman. The Green Goblin was later revealed to have survived, having faked his own death to scam the insurance companies.

It is not clear whether it was the shock of the fall or the sudden stop which killed her. This is a controversial issue; see below. Her death became a pivotal event in Spider-Man's life; he considers it to be his third greatest failure; right after not stopping that burglar that killed Uncle Ben, and that one day he revealed his secret identity on T.V. and got a time traveling divorce from Mephistopheles.

The original comic featured a "snap" sound effect next to her head in the panel in which Spider-Man's webbing catches her. Some fans believe this indicates that her neck was broken by being caught by Spider-Man's web. Other fans do not think this sound effect implies this. Further confusing the issue, some reprints of the story take out the "snap" sound effect.

It would be established in later issues that she had been killed by a passing pigeon, the velocity of the pigeon, and the angle with which it struck her drilled a whole through her abdomen, and showered the passers-by below with entrails.