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name: Madelyne Jennifer Pryor (formerly Madelyne Pryor-Summers)
Other aliases: (former) Anodyne, Goblin Queen Identity:
The general populace believes Madelyne Pryor is dead. Occupation:
(former) Pilot Legal status: Madelyne Pryor is legally dead. Place of creation: A laboratory of Mister
Sinister's in an unrevealed location Marital status: Formerly
married Known relatives: Scott Summers (Cyclops,
ex-husband), Nathan Christopher Summers (Cable, son),
Alex Summers (Havok, brother-in-law), Christopher
Summers (Corsair, father-in-law), Philip Summers (grandfather-in-law), Deborah
Summers (grandmother-in-law) Base of operations: (former) Anchorage,
Alaska; X-Men temporary headquarters in the Australian outback Group affiliation:
Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club First appearance: X-MEN (first series)
History: At some point the genetic engineer known as Mister
Sinister obtained a cell sample from Jean Grey,
now known as Phoenix, of the X-Men. Through advanced scientific means Sinister
caused the clone to grow into an adult double of Grey far more quickly than a
normal human being would reach adulthood.
The real Jean Grey was cast
into suspended animation by the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force. The
Phoenix Force took on a portion of Jean Grey's consciousness and created for itself
a duplicate of Grey's body. In this form the Phoenix Force impersonated Jean Grey
within the X-Men, calling herself Phoenix. Eventually, through the psionic manipulations
of the original mutant called Mastermind, the
Phoenix became the insane Dark Phoenix. Repulsed by the havoc Dark Phoenix was
wreaking, the portion of Jean Grey's personality within her caused Dark Phoenix
to kill her own mortal body.
When that form perished, the Phoenix Force
sent its portion of Grey's personality back to Earth, keyed to return to a body
with Grey's genetic code. This portion of Grey's consciousness made contact with
Grey's original body, which still slept in suspended animation. Appalled after
receiving the memories of the destruction wreaked by Dark Phoenix, the original
Jean Grey rejected this portion of her consciousness. The latter portion then
infused itself into the body of the clone of Grey that Sinister had created, giving
the clone consciousness for the first time.
Sinister programmed the
clone with a set of false memories. He named her "Madelyne Pryor" and programmed
her to meet and fall in love with Scott Summers, who was Cyclops, another member
of the X-Men. Sinister's plan was that Pryor
would bear Scott Summers a child who would possess the superhuman genetic potential
of both Jean Grey and Scott Summers. Sinister would then take the child under
his own control.
Sinister sent Pryor to Alaska and placed her in a job
as a pilot for North Star Airways, the air freight company run by Scott Summers'
grandparents, Philip and Deborah Summers. It was in Alaska that Scott Summers
first met Pryor. He was immediately struck by her exact resemblance to Jean Grey,
whom he believed to be dead. However, after becoming convinced that Pryor was
not Jean Grey, Summers married her. Months later she gave birth to their son,
Nathan Christopher Summers.
Shortly after the infant was born, Cyclops
and his fellow X-Man Storm held a competition to
determine which of them would be leader of the X-Men. As yet, Pryor was unaware
of her own superhuman powers. However, she did not want Scott to divide his time
between her and the X-Men, so she unconsciously used her own awakening powers
to influence the contest. As a result, Scott lost, and he went to live with Madelyne
and the baby in Anchorage, Alaska.
Strains grew between Scott and Madelyne,
whose fears that Scott loved Jean Grey, not her, continued to mount. Then Jean
Grey's original body emerged from suspended animation at long last. Learning that
Jean was still alive, Scott went to meet her in New York, even though Madelyne
had warned him that if he left, their marriage was over. Scott remained in New
York, where he, Jean, and three other members of the original X-Men formed a new
that the original Jean Grey was still alive, Sinister decided to eliminate Pryor,
lest the truth about her origin be exposed. When Pryor was in San Francisco with
her son on business, Sinister sent his team of assassins, the Marauders, to kill
Pryor and capture her son. Pryor used her emerging powers to defend herself, although
she lost the infant. The X-Men found Pryor, and she decided to remain with them.
Sinister placed the baby in an orphanage he controlled.
began experiencing dreams sent to her by the demons N'astirh and S'ym, that played
upon her deep insecurities and tempted her with offers of power. The dreams further
awakened Pryor's latent powers and strengthened the darker side of her personality.
Pryor was abducted to the nation of Genosha. During her captivity the
vengeful side of Pryor's personality grew much stronger, and her latent powers
continued to emerge.
Finally, Pryor's superhuman powers fully emerged
and she took on the identity of the Goblin Queen. But although both N'astirh and
Mister Sinister attempted to make her his pawn, neither proved to be able to control
her. N'astirh launched an invasion of Manhattan by the demons of the limbo-like
dimension Otherplace. However, N'astirh was defeated and the demonic invasion
was turned back.
But Pryor, now apparently insane, had recovered her
son and planned to sacrifice him atop the Empire State Building in an occult ritual
that would permanently link Earth and Otherplace. By killing the baby she would
also take revenge on Scott Summers. The members of the X-Men and X-Factor battled
Pryor, and Jean Grey waged a one-on-one battle of psionic powers against her far
more powerful opponent. Finally, Pryor unleashed a massive amount of psionic force
in order to destroy both herself and her opponents. However, the X-Men and X-Factor
succeeded in shielding themselves and the baby from the effects of the blast.
Dying, Pryor linked her mind to Grey's, intending to drag Jean down
into death with her. Pryor then died, but Grey survived, taking back into herself
the portion of her personality that the Phoenix Force had taken from her and then
bestowed upon Madelyne.
Scott Summers and Jean Grey together raised
Scott and Madelyne's son, Nathan, until they were forced to send him into the
future to save his life from a techno-organic virus. Nathan returned to the X-Men's
time as the adult known as Cable.
The genetic counterpart of Cable in
the alternate timeline known as the "Age of Apocalypse" was Nate Grey, the mutant
also known as X-Man. When Nate Grey first arrived
in the "mainstream" timeline of the X-Men, the disoriented Nate subconsciously
sought to find his friend, the Jean Grey of his own reality. Nate Grey's psionic
powers are so enormous that he thus subconsciously re-created Jean Grey's duplicate,
Madelyne Pryor. Hence, the Madelyne Pryor who is now active on Earth is not truly
the original Madelyne, but is a "psionic shell" that duplicates her personality,
powers, and memories.
At first the re-created Madelyne befriended Nate,
but as her powers re-emerged, so did her memories and her sinister personality.
Sponsored by the mutant Selene, Pryor gained admission to the Inner Circle of
the Hellfire Club, recently reorganized
by Sebastian Shaw, and became Shaw's lover. Since joining the Club, Pryor battled
Nate Grey and the Jean Grey of this reality. She also recently met peacefully
with her grown son, Cable.
Height: 5 ft. 6 in. Weight:
110 lbs. Eyes: Green Hair: Red
Madelyne Pryor possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height,
and build who engages in moderate regular exercise
powers: Madelyne Pryor possesses enormous psionic abilities to manipulate
and generate energy, enabling her to fly, to create powerful concussive force
blasts, and to shield herself within force fields, among other feats.