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Exploring Madelyne Pryor’s Comic Book Origins in X-Men ’97


Delve into the comic book origins of Madelyne Pryor, Jean’s infamous clone, and see how the new X-Men ’97 series is adapting this significant storyline.

Madelyne Pryor: A Brief Background

Madelyne Pryor, created by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith, first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #168 in 1983. She bears a striking resemblance to the deceased Jean Grey, which initially confuses the X-Men, particularly Cyclops. However, as the story progresses, Cyclops comes to accept that Madelyne and Jean are separate individuals, leading to their marriage and Madelyne’s pregnancy.

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But Madelyne’s story takes a dark turn when it is revealed that she is actually a clone of Jean Grey, created by Mister Sinister. Initially discarded as a failed experiment, Madelyne gains sentience when the Phoenix Force grants her power. Sinister manipulates events, causing her to fall in love with Cyclops and bear his child, all part of his twisted experiments with mutant genetics. This revelation, combined with Cyclops’ decision to abandon Madelyne and their child to reunite with the real Jean, pushes Madelyne to the brink of insanity. She eventually becomes The Goblin Queen and plays a central role in the Inferno crossover event.

Madelyne Pryor’s Return

Despite seemingly perishing in the Inferno event, Madelyne Pryor has made subsequent appearances due to her clone nature. In the X-Men ’97 series, her presence is teased when another woman claiming to be Jean Grey arrives at the X-Mansion. The show could follow the comics and reveal this newcomer as the real Jean, while the original Jean was replaced by a clone during past events. Alternatively, the series may subvert expectations and present Madelyne as the newcomer, unaware of her artificially implanted memories of the X-Men.

With the return of Mister Sinister in X-Men ’97, there are strong indications that the series may delve into Madelyne’s tragic existence. The question of the real Jean Grey and the potential adaptation of the Inferno storyline adds an intriguing layer of complexity to the narrative. Will Cyclops repeat his past mistakes and abandon his family for the real Jean once again?

The Fate of Nathan Summers

The fate of Madelyne Pryor’s son, Nathan Summers, adds further complexity to the X-Men ’97 series. In the comics, Nathan is infected with the techno-organic virus by Apocalypse and is sent to the future to be cured. He then becomes known as Cable, a prominent character in the Marvel Universe. It is likely that X-Men ’97 will explore Nathan’s story and his transformation into Cable, providing an intriguing subplot for the series.


X-Men ’97 has brought fans back to the beloved animated world of the mutants, introducing Madelyne Pryor and the mystery surrounding the real Jean Grey. As the series unfolds, it will be fascinating to see how X-Men ’97 adapts and expands upon Madelyne’s comic book origins, and how it will shape the fate of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and their unconventional family. The potential exploration of the Inferno storyline and the introduction of Cable as Nathan Summers further add to the anticipation of what’s to come in this nostalgic series.

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