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Goblin Queen[src]

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What is the significance of Madelyne Pryor's resemblance to Jean Grey? toggle section
Madelyne Pryor's resemblance to Jean Grey is not just skin deep, it's genetic! Madelyne is actually a clone of Jean Grey, created during a time when Jean was believed to be dead. This resemblance is more than physical, as Madelyne embodies the essence of Jean that loved Scott Summers (Cyclops) with all her heart. This deep connection is why things never quite worked out between Scott and Jean after Madelyne's creation. Madelyne was the part of Jean that was willing to die for Scott, the part that made them whole. In essence, Madelyne Pryor and Jean Grey were never meant to be apart.
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Madelyne Pryor, also known as the Goblin Queen, possesses powers that are seemingly identical to those of Jean Grey. This includes telepathy and telekinesis, which she inherited from Jean. However, her telepathic abilities were dormant for years and only awakened after the Phoenix Force died. Despite this, her telekinetic powers are much stronger, impressing even those who have known her for years, like Iceman. After a fight to the death against Jean Grey, Madelyne's telepathic powers became stronger, although they were still weaker than Jean's before the Phoenix Force. It's also worth noting that Madelyne Pryor's essence is deeply connected to Jean Grey's, as she is a clone of Jean and represents the part of Jean that loved Scott Summers (Cyclops) with all her heart.
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Madelyne Pryor's transformation into the Goblin Queen is a tale of alliances and power. After various failed invasions from Limbo by the demon N'astirh, Madelyne Pryor formed an alliance with another demon, S'ym. Their combined powers proved to be a formidable force, leading to the demise of the X-Men in some realities. In another reality, after Wolverine became Lord of Vampires, the Goblin Queen allied with S'ym and N'astirh to invade earth with Demons from Limbo. Following the death of S'ym, the Goblin Queen then allied with Dormammu, using the Mindless Ones to give the demons an upper hand. This series of alliances and power plays ultimately led to Madelyne Pryor's transformation into the Goblin Queen.
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Madelyne Pryor, a clone of Jean Grey, was created by Mister Sinister with the hope that she would develop powerful mutant abilities. However, she remained lifeless until the moment of the Dark Phoenix's suicide. When the Dark Phoenix died, a spark of the Phoenix Force was accidentally bestowed on Madelyne, granting her a life force and some of Jean's memories. This event renewed Sinister's interest in Madelyne and marked the beginning of her existence as a sentient being.
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Madelyne Pryor, also known as the Goblin Queen, made her first appearance in the Uncanny X-Men #168.
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Madelyne always bore a striking resemblance to the (then) presumed deceased Jean Grey. Numerous individuals mistook her for Jean reborn.[20] To make matters more suspicious, Madelyne's mind was closed to Professor X and she was the sole survivor of a mysterious plane crash, which occurred at the exact moment the Dark Phoenix committed suicide on the Moon, or so she thought.[21]

In reality, she was a clone of Jean created by Mister Sinister. Mr. Sinister found that a union between the X-Men, Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), would produce a powerful mutant. Sinister hoped he could control such a mutant and use it to defeat Apocalypse.[22]

At the time, Jean, actually the Phoenix, was acting recklessly, so Sinister created a clone of her. Sinister's plot was to produce a child from the union of Madelyne and Scott, whom he believed would become a genetically superior mutant. To Sinister's disappointment, Madelyne had no life and did not develop any mutant abilities at puberty as he had hoped. Sinister left Madelyne in her incubation tube as a failed experiment.[22]

Madelyne Pryor and Nathaniel Essex (Mister Sinister) (Earth-616) from Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 241 0001


It was at the moment of the Dark Phoenix's death that a spark of the Phoenix Force was accidentally bestowed on Madelyne's body and renewed Sinister's interest.[22] After Dark Phoenix died on the moon, the Phoenix sought to return the "borrowed" portion of Jean's soul to her body which was in suspended animation. Jean instinctively rejected the Phoenix and it wandered the globe, lost. Eventually, it became attracted to Madelyne, since she was an exact genetic clone of Jean. The Phoenix Force searched for the next best thing, giving a spark of itself to Madelyne, granting her a life force and some of Jean's memories.[23]

Scott Summers[]

Madelyne met Scott in Alaska, while he was being introduced to his grandparents. From the moment of their first meeting, Scott was immediately attracted to Madelyne for her physical resemblance to Jean.[24] Mister Sinister had also played a part as a matchmaker, by giving Madelyne a personality he knew Scott would like and placing her where they were sure to meet, as a pilot for his grandparents. Sinister also gave Madelyne the name "Pryor" as a pun on her "prior existence" as a cell sample taken from Jean.[23] Scott was amazed how much Madelyne was like Jean, even after being tricked for a short time, by Mastermind, into thinking she was Dark Phoenix.[25]

Madelyne Pryor (Earth-616) and Scott Summers (Earth-616) from Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 175 001


After a whirlwind romance, Scott proposed to Madelyne on the deck of the Starjammer and Madelyne and Scott were married on the grounds of the X-Mansion.[26] During their honeymoon in the Caribbean, Scott and Madelyne were attacked by a shark and a giant squid. This prompted Scott to choose retirement, realizing he would rather start a family than face a life of endless battles among the X-Men and the Starjammers.[27]

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Madelyne Pryor-Summers as Anodyne


Early in their marriage, Scott and Madelyne were flying a geological survey team across Alaska, when they ran into a mysterious storm that forced them to crash-land. Through Loki's Firefountain, all non-super-powered humans aboard the plane (including Madelyne) were endowed with mystical powers. As Anodyne, Madelyne could heal virtually any injury, illness, and physical-defect. Madelyne also used mystical healing powers to allow Cyclops to function without his protective lenses.[3] When it was discovered that Loki's intentions were never altruistic and that his gift was badly flawed, as the cost of those powers was the loss of individual creativity and imagination, everyone went against him. His plans ended, Loki was ordered by Those Who Sit Above in Shadow to restore everyone to their original state. Loki spitefully removed all the powers he had granted and everyone who Anodyne had cured were also regressed back.[28] During the incident, Madelyne revealed she was pregnant.[3]


Scott returned to the X-Men after learning that Magneto joined. While he went on missions, Madelyne was left at the mansion. Madelyne felt that she and Scott were drifting apart after getting calls from other X-Men about her well-being but not her husband. While Scott was battling Fenris at the trial of Magneto, Madelyne gave birth to her son in the kitchen of the mansion,[29] who she named Nathan Christopher Charles Summers[2] - Nathan from an implanted suggestion by Mister Sinister in Madelyne, Christopher from Scott's father, and Charles from his father-figure.[8]

Scott battled Storm for undisputed leadership of the X-Men. Maddie inadvertently used her mutant powers for the first time to influence the outcome of the battle.[23][30] After he lost, Madelyne convinced Scott to move with her back to a cabin in Alaska and live out their lives there, a subconscious suggestion implanted by Sinister — the remote location made it easier for him to study and if need be abduct the child.[22]


During their time away, their marriage became strained. Madelyne resented the fact that Scott was rarely home and that he continued to miss Jean. Madelyne was also upset at the fact that Scott only married her because of her resemblance to Jean and that he only left to be with her and the baby because he lost in his bid to run the X-Men. Scott became very distant, even leaving Madelyne in the middle of the night. When the real Jean Grey was revealed alive, Scott abandoned Madelyne and baby Christopher to be with Jean and help found X-Factor in New York, despite her threats of him not being welcome back. Madelyne was heartbroken that Scott had left their family.[31]

Maddie was hired to fly a cargo plane to San Francisco for a large sum of money and, at the last minute, decided to take Christopher with her. Mister Sinister, reacting quickly to Jean's return, aimed to eliminate Madelyne before the truth of her creation was revealed, and sent his Marauders to kill her and kidnap her son. Maddie used her latent psychic powers to defend herself but lost baby Christopher to her enemies. Maddie was shot multiple times and left for dead, then taken to a hospital in San Francisco, as a “Jane Doe“.[32] Though the doctors thought she was a hopeless case, Madelyne pulled through and awoke months later from a coma after having dreams of surviving a plane crash and the flamebird of the Phoenix.[33] There was no record of Maddie or the baby left in existence, as Sinister had erased them all.[34]

Death of the X-Men[]

Upon waking, Maddie called the X-Men and was confused why Scott left her and took the baby.[35] When the Marauders returned to finish the job, the X-Men were present and protected her. Madelyne felt abandoned by Scott, just as Alex Summers (Scott's brother) did, due to his lover Polaris being controlled by the Marauder Malice.[36] The two comforted each other.[37]

In Dallas, Texas the X-Men battled the Adversary and gave their lives to imprison him. Forge required the essences of nine souls to seal the portal and, with only eight X-Men present at the time, Madelyne agreed to be the missing piece and the group was transformed into pure energy. The entire incident was recorded by a news crew, providing Madelyne with the chance to tell Scott she loved him and to find their missing son. However, the Omniversal Guardian Roma restored the X-Men to life. After being resurrected, the X-Men and Madelyne decided to use the opportunity to go underground and keep their rebirth secret.[38]

The X-Men resurfaced in Australia, where they defeated the Reavers and claimed their base. They also liberated the villains' indentured teleporter, Gateway, a mute, mutant aborigine with the ability to create gates with his bullroarer. Roma appeared and presented them with the Siege Perilous, a gem that created a portal which granted any person who walked through it judgment and a new chance at life (career, home, and so forth) and had magically made them invisible to any sort of mechanical perception.[39] While the X-Men would go on missions, Maddie would stay at the base and familiarize herself with the computer systems and, while watching the news, Madelyne saw Scott with Jean. Finally, Maddie learned the reason why Scott had abandoned her and she fell unconscious.[40] In her dreams, Maddie was approached by the demon, S'ym, who toyed with her self doubt and tempted her with great power. Madelyne slowly lost herself to the dark side of her personality and manifested a black tattered uniform.[41]

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Goblin Queen

After Storm abruptly left in the middle of the night, Maddie tracked her to the Savage Land and the X-Men departed.[42] After responding to a fake emergency call from the Press Gang, Maddie flew a plane for the Australian Flying Doctors and was ambushed and taken to Genosha, with Jennifer Ransome and an infant.[43] While in captivity, the demon, N'astirh, attempted to contact Maddie, but she told him to try later.[44] The scientists of Genosha could not decide if Maddie was a mutant or human and, when the Genegineer came to check on her, Madelyne's latent powers had killed all the Magistrates investigating her and destroyed her observation lab; they also mentally attacked a representation of Dr. David Moreau himself, but, when asked what happened, Maddie had no memory. Madelyne had broke herself out of her cell and was cradling the captured infant when the X-Men arrived to rescue her. Lonely and angry, Madelyne instigated an affair with her brother-in-law, Alex.[45]

Madelyne Pryor, Nathaniel Essex and N'astirh (Earth-616) from Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 241 0001

Mr. Sinister revealing Madelyne's origins

Goblin Queen[]

After sleeping with Alex, Maddie agreed to help the demons S'ym and N'astirh create a link between Earth and the extra-dimensional Otherplace, in exchange for locating the Marauders, to have the X-Men make them pay, and baby Christopher.[2] Later, Madelyne and Alex had Gateway teleport them to New York's Rainbow Room, where they shared a romantic evening. After returning home, Madelyne had Gateway teleport her to the gravesite of Jean, where she cursed Jean for her troubles and Scott for lying to her. While at the gravesite, Jean's parents showed, to show their respects, and Maddie turned them into demons. N'astirh appeared and took Madelyne to the State Home for Foundlings in Nebraska, Scott and Alex's childhood orphanage, and, in the basement, revealed a laboratory and an incubation tube with her name on it. In the lab, Mr. Sinister revealed himself and bound Madelyne, explaining her existence as Jean's clone to her.[46] After being told that he would experiment on her, Madelyne used her considerable power to break free of Mr. Sinister's bonds and N'astirh presented her with her son, whom she began calling Nathan. As the Goblin Queen, Madelyne descended into madness after Sinister revealed she was only a tool modeled after Grey.[22] She returned to New York, where she battled X-Factor, blaming Jean and Scott for the misery in her life. She instigated a battle between the X-Men and X-Factor, having the X-Men under her demonic influence and believing that X-Factor was attempting to kidnap Nathan. When Scott attempted to assist Madelyne, Alex interjected, stating that Scott forfeited every right to Madelyne when he walked-out on her. When N'astirh appeared and attempted to take Madelyne, Scott saved Jean and Alex rode-off to rescue Madelyne and the baby. After arriving at the Empire State Building, Maddie revealed herself as the Goblin Queen and asked if Alex would join her. Alex agreed to become her Goblin Prince.[7] The Goblin Queen briefly attacked Phoenix, an alternate reality daughter of Scott and Phoenix, who believed the Goblin Queen to be Jean.[47]

Madelyne Pryor (Earth-616) and Alexander Summers (Earth-616) from Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 242 0001

Goblin Queen with Goblin Prince

After the defeat of N'astirh, the Goblin Queen captured Jean and another battle was instigated between the X-Men and X-Factor. Dazzler and Longshot were influenced the most, being told that they were stars in the center stage and ordered to attack Death. Death was delivered to the Goblin Queen, where she began to corrupt him as well, kissing him and connecting their pasts of being used by Apocalypse and Mr. Sinister. The Goblin Queen attempted to sacrifice baby Nathan and the other nine mutant babies atop the Empire State Building to spite Scott and to finish N'astirh's work in permanently opening a gateway between Earth and Limbo.[48] The Goblin Queen locked herself, Nathan, and Jean inside a psionic barrier, where she explained her origins as Jean's clone. Both X-Factor and the X-Men's combined efforts seemed to be futile in an effort to break through the telekinetic bubble. Pryor-Summers and Grey fought one-on-one, with Madelyne unleashing a psionic force, intending to destroy both herself and her opponents. X-Factor and the X-Men protected each other and Madelyne was the only one affected, but, as she lay dying, she pulled Jean into her mind to die with her. Jean would have succumbed, were it not for the Phoenix leaving Madelyne at that time and returning to Jean. Jean was able to resist and, as Madelyne died, Jean recovered the part of her soul the Phoenix Force had mistakenly given to Madelyne.[23]

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Death of the Goblin Queen

Years passed, during which Scott and Jean married and her son Nathan traveled to and from the future and became the man called Cable.[citation needed]

Resurrected and Impersonated[]

When the powerful Nate Grey traveled to Earth-616 from Earth-295, X-Man seemingly subconsciously recreated Maddie as a psionic construct.[49][14] This Maddie would then meet her adult son Cable.[50] However, this was later claimed to be an alternate Jean Grey, who used the Maddie Nate had created to step into Earth-616 and had impersonated her ever since.[51]

Sisterhood of Mutants[]

Madelyne seemingly returned again,[52] identified by Scott at a Dazzler concert. She formed a female version of The Brotherhood known as the Sisterhood of Mutants. She had recruited Martinique Wyngarde, her half-sister Regan, Chimera, Spiral, and Lady Deathstrike, promising to resurrect a person of their choosing. But first they needed a test, so she had them steal a coffin in Tokyo, containing Psylocke's old body in which Kwannon died in, and the real Psylocke. Using a magical ritual, they resurrected her old body and placed her mind in it. Explaining the procedure's real purpose afterward, the Red Queen revealed her promised resurrections to be untried and uncertain; this caused some of her members to react violently against her, but she convinced them to continue following her. The Sisterhood then commenced a surprise raid on the X-Men's base, quickly neutralizing several of the main X-members. Recovering from the initial attacks, the X-Men forced the Sisterhood (now including a brainwashed Psylocke) to retreat; but the entire battle was only a distraction that enabled the Red Queen to steal something kept by Wolverine: a lock of hair from Jean.[citation needed]

While Mastermind and Lady Mastermind confronted Emma, Storm, Dazzler, and Karma, Madelyne and the rest of the Sisterhood raced to the grounds of the Xavier Institute where Jean was buried. Domino was already there and held the Sisterhood off until the other X-Men arrived. During the battle, Madelyne unearthed Jean's coffin. Cyclops warned her not to take possession of the body inside, but she did so regardless. Madelyne then collapsed in agony. Cyclops revealed that he knew Madelyne would come to Jean's grave-site and had Domino remove her coffin and replace it with someone else's, knowing nothing less than Jean's body could contain her. Madelyne disincorporated into nothingness.[citation needed]

Avengers vs. X-Men[]

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Madelyne Pryor clones

Mister Sinister created a group of Madelyne Pryor clones in order to take away the Phoenix Force energies from the Phoenix Five (consisting of the Phoenix Force-empowered Cyclops, Colossus, Emma Frost, Magik, and Namor). Unlike the original Madelyne, none of the six showed indications of individual personalities or free will, but instead appeared to follow Sinister completely. The Madelyne Pryor clones joined Mister Sinister's other clone creations in fighting the Phoenix Five and managed to defeat each one, one by one. They also were able to siphon some of the energy from the Phoenix Force, but they all were immediately killed by the entity itself.[53]

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Red Queen returns once more

Lady Deathstrike's Sisterhood[]

Lady Deathstrike formed an all-new Sisterhood initially comprised of Lady Deathstrike, Typhoid Mary, and the Enchantress (Amora).[54] After Lady Deathstrike's assistant, Reiko, had been possessed by a powerful sentient bacteria Arkea, she also joined the team.[55] As Arkea feared being killed by the X-Men again, she wanted powerhouses to join the Sisterhood. She first had Amora resurrect Black Queen.[56]

Using the genetic material of Jean Grey, she modified the dead body of Ana Cortés to resemble Jean Grey genetically. To complete this, she had Amora summon Madelyne from beyond the grave to complete the resurrection. Ana Cortés had contacted the X-Men before her suicide, and the X-Men attacked the Sisterhood. Madelyne telepathically defeated Rachel Grey. Storm offered Madelyne and Selene a deal, essentially letting them go free as they were only after Arkea at the time. As Madelyne and the other members of the Sisterhood didn't particularly care for Arkea, they allowed the X-Men to kill her without putting up much resistance. All Arkea samples perished. Meanwhile, Madelyne declared that she would create an all-new Sisterhood and departed, accompanied by Selene.[11]


Madelyne's resurrection went unnoticed by her former allies and enemies for years, much to her dismay. When the nation of Krakoa was established, Madelyne represented a unique exception, not being invited to join the rest of her race.[57] A resentful Madelyne made plans for vengeance against Krakoa for excluding her. She took control of Sinister's former cloning lab, where she was able to resurrect undead clones of the Marauders and control them as she wished.[58] Planning to clone hundreds of Marauders, Madelyne would then lead her army of undead through the Krakoan gates, ravaging the paradise she was denied.[59]

Sinister sent his Hellions, a team of disreputable Krakoan mutants which included Havok as a member, to destroy his abandoned cloning lab.[58] As the rest of the Hellions clashed with the undead Marauders, Madelyne tortured Havok and intended to sacrifice him as part of a ritual to fill the bodies of the resurrected Marauders with demonic essences. Her scheme was interrupted by Greycrow, who shot her and fatally wounded her. Madelyne died in Havok's arms, begging him to remember her as a real girl.

Later on, Madelyne's resurrection was dismissed by the Quiet Council of Krakoa due to Krakoan laws forbidding the presence of clones, much to Havok's dismay.[18] This ruling was protested by Havok, but to no avail. Emma Frost eventually convinced the council to overturn this rule and bring Madelyne back, after her Hellions mole Empath forced Havok to destroy a clone lab containing the mind of Psylocke's deceased daughter, leaving him wracked with guilt.[60]

Dark Web[]

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The Goblin Queen teaming up with Chasm

Ben Reilly, a mistreated and vengeful clone of Spider-Man, was drawn into Limbo and met with Madelyne, the two commiserating over their shared status as clones and deciding to team up to seek revenge on the people they blamed for their suffering. As part of their alliance, Madelyne used S'ym's severed finger to bestow Ben's girlfriend Janine Godbe with demonic powers, turning her into Hallows' Eve.[61] Madelyne made a demon possess a mailbox, with Spider-Man intervening and defeating the demon, as Ben and Madelyne watched from afar, with Ben saying that he thinks his teamwork with her will work, and Madelyne agreed since they have a lot in common.[62]

While travelling through her kingdom, Madelyne encountered the King in Black Eddie Brock and - intrigued by his similarity to Ben - agreed to help him reunite with his son Dylan in exchange for him aiding her and Ben with their plans.[63] Growing annoyed by Eddie's insistence on being taken to his son, Madelyne had Ben use his new powers to rip out chunks of his memories to make him easier to manipulate.[64] When her preparations were complete, Madelyne unleashed her army of demons on Manhattan - alerting the X-Men to her betrayal of their trust. While Ben left to assassinate Norman Osborn - the man responsible for his creation and first death, Madelyne sent Hallows' Eve and Eddie to cause a distraction. However, Eddie - reverted to his old revenge-obsessed supervillain state - reneged on their deal to hunt down Spider-Man, Madelyne lamenting to Hallows' Eve that she had taken too much from him.[65]

Cyclops, Havok, Jean, and Magik went to Limbo to deal with the demon invasion, but were ambushed by Madelyne who locked the Summers brothers in the sky dungeon and trapped the girls in a powerful spell.[66] Wanting to regain her memory of holding her son, Madelyne sought to use the Cerebro Drive to access Jean's mind. She entered Magik's mind finding a younger Magik and Jean inside the X-Mansion spied on by Mister Sinister. Madelyne then visited Cyclops and Havok being tormented, the latter offering to help Madelyne as himself was getting therapeutic help. However, she left and proceeded to manipulate Jean and Magik into accessing the Cerebro. This failed as Cyclops managed to fight back against his restraints and reached out Jean, allowing her to also fight back against Madelyne.[67]

The two proceeded to fight, with various demons coming to Madelyne's aid, only for them to be killed by Jean. Despite Jean freeing Magik from the spell, Madelyne kept fighting, until Jean surrendered. She allowed Madelyne to regain her memories of Nathan's birth, but would only share them with her. Madelyne accepted and the two relived the happy moment of Nathan's birth. With this, Madelyne reformed herself and agreed to retract the demons and help undo the damage caused by the invasion.[68] Madelyne attempted to convince Chasm to stop torturing Spider-Man, but he refused, leading to Hallow's Eve using her powers to throw the Goblin Queen off her castle before stealing her scythe. She reunited with the X-Men and together joined Spider-Man and his own allies in trying to stop Chasm, who had become the new ruler of Limbo, from invading Earth.[69]

Madelyne Pryor (Earth-616) and Benjamin Reilly (Earth-616) from Dark Web Finale Vol 1 1 001

Maddie reclaiming Limbo and her Scythe of Sorrows as an ally of the X-Men

Together they planned to attack King Chasm and Hallow's Eve in order for Madelyne to steal her scythe back and return things to normal. As Limbo's ruler and his lover celebrated their own twisted version of Christmas, the heroes attacked them. Madelyne summoned Brock back, now in the new form of Bedlam, and confronted Chasm. Chasm attempted to call all of his demons to attack the Goblin Queen, but was attacked by Spider-Man and Rek-Rap. As Madelyne was being attacked by numerous demons, Havoc came to her aid, but she managed to muster up enough power to take back control of the demons. With the help of Magik Madelyne was able to retake the Scythe, causing King Chasm to regress to his previous form. Although Cyclops suggested to just lock him up, the Goblin Queen instead opted to lock him inside the newly formed Limbo Embassy. In the aftermath, Madelyne sought to welcome anyone who had been lost and rejected into her domain.[70]


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Mutant Physiology: Since Madelyne was cloned from Jean Grey's DNA, she was essentially another version of Jean, and possessed Jean's telekinetic and telepathic abilities, although they manifested far later. It is unclear whether she inherited her template's full Omega-level potential, although Sinister's use of her clones as a means of containing the Phoenix Force suggests that she was of a similar caliber. When she was a psychic ghost, Madelyne revealed that she was so powerful that she, like Elizabeth Braddock, could only be contained in a body that was capable of housing such massive psychic powers, comparing her own powers to Psylocke's.[71]

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  • Telekinesis: Her telekinesis is powerful enough that Madelyne can move, lift, and manipulate fairly large objects, channel her telekinetic powers to fire powerful, mental, concussive blasts, focus her psionic energy into a near-impenetrable force field, and levitate herself in order to fly at fairly high speeds. On a few occasions, she can make images in her mind become tangible.
    • Reality Warping: She has the ability to bend the quantum strings that make up reality within a localized area through precise telekinesis.
  • Telepathy: She can read and manipulate the minds of others and even higher-order animals within a vast, potentially limitless, radius. Her notable powers include:
    • Telepathic Cloak: She can mask her presence from being detected by others. Her abilities can, at times, go undetected or be counteracted by more powerful telepaths depending on their level of skill in using their own psi abilities. She can extend these defenses to others around her as well.
    • Psionic Shield: She has the ability to erect a psychic shield for protection of herself and of others' minds.
    • Telepathic Camouflage: She has the ability to mask herself, and other people's' presence from those around her. She can telepathically disguise herself, making her appearance to those around her quite different (changing the appearance of clothing, as well as more involved disguising).
    • Mind Control: She has the ability to control the minds of others upon mere concentration.
    • Mind Possession: She has the ability to possess the mind of another, and use that beings body as her own.
    • Mind Alteration: She has the ability to alter the minds of others by force of will, changing their personality partially or entirely.
    • Telepathic Illusions: She has the ability to create realistic telepathic illusions and cause people to experience events which are not actually occurring.
    • Mental Paralysis: She has the ability to induce temporary mental or physical paralysis.
    • Mental Amnesia: She can erase any awareness of particular memories or cause total amnesia.
    • Psionic Blasts: She can project psionic force bolts which have no physical effects but which can affect a victim's mind so as to cause the victim pain or unconsciousness and turning someone brain-dead.
    • Mind Transferal: She is able to transfer both her mind and powers into other host bodies if her own physical body could be somehow killed.
    • Mental Detection: Can sense the presence of another superhuman mutant within a small but as yet undefined radius of himself by perceiving the distinctive mental radiations emitted by such a being.
    • Induce Pain: She can also induce mental pain merely by touching the brow of her victim.
    • Astral Projection: She can project her astral form from her body onto astral planes or the physical planes. In the physical plane, she can travel in astral form over vast distances. In the astral plane, she can mentally create psionic objects and manipulate the aspects of her environment. She can communicate with others astrally through her own will or through contact with the thoughts and memories of others.
      • Astral Teleportation: Teleport over long distances by psychokinetically shunting herself in and out of the astral plane (she was also shown to be able to carry additional weight, such as another person, when she teleported, but her limits were never fully tested).
  • Psionic Siphoning: She is able to siphon the psychic energies from other psionic mutants.
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Demonic Augmentation: Bargaining with the demon S'ym for power and revenge, Madelyne was bestowed demonic abilities by the demon's touch, granting her powerful dark magic on top of her psychic abilities.[41]

  • Sorcery: Madelyne possesses the ability to cast a wide variety of simple and complex spells. Her sorcery might is such that she has been shown to heal wounds, locate spirits inter-dimensionally, and work in conjunction with technology to restore life to the long dead. Her dark sorcery also allows her to summon various goblins, demons, and other entities.


Madelyne was a highly skilled pilot, had a natural affinity for computers and technology, and was experienced in childcare.



Mercy Crown: A "demon Cerebro", the Crown allowed Pryor to see the souls of all mutants remaining on Earth following Orchis's attack on the Hellfire Gala.[72]




  • Like Jean Grey, Maddie had a significant portion of her publication history retroactively attributed to another character. Allegedly, an alternate Jean had replaced the Maddie that was psionically recreated by Nate Grey, and she is purportedly the Madelyne Pryor that shows up in X-Man and Cable.[51] As a consequence, Madelyne Pryor's interactions with adult Cable, including their first meeting in Cable #44, have been retconned. For a list of her retconned appearances, click here.
  • Matt Fraction, in an interview about Uncanny X-Men 508, said of the Sisterhood Madelyne Pryor, "Poor Maddy is still dead, I think she was consumed by the Red Queen. Nobody said Maddy was coming back. The Red Queen is back and Maddy is dead." This could possibly be insinuating that this was in fact Jean Grey of Earth-9575 still impersonating Madelyne Pryor, and not Madelyne Pryor at all. If this is the case, all of the appearances during the Sisterhood should be attributed to Jean Grey (Earth-9575) instead of Madelyne.[73]


  • Certain memories that Madelyne believed were her own were actually from Jean's past. They were transferred to Madelyne's mind when the Phoenix Force found her.
  • Madelyne was a pilot for North Star Airways, an air freight company owned by Philip Summers (Cyclops' grandfather).
  • Madelyne and Scott honeymooned on a fictional South Pacific island, called Boragora. This is may be a nod to the short-lived TV series Tales of the Gold Monkey which took place on an island with the same name or, more likely, a reference to Bora, a real-life island in the same region that is a popular honeymoon destination.
  • Madelyne gave birth to Nathan by herself in the kitchen of the X Mansion.[29]
  • Given that Madelyne had some of Jean Grey's memories, due to the Phoenix fragment that awoke her, it is probable that her piloting skills were inherited from when Jean "downloaded" Dr. Peter Corbeau's piloting skills in X-Men #100.

See Also

Links and References


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  28. X-Men/Alpha Flight #2
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  71. Uncanny X-Men #509
  72. Dark X-Men #1
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