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Obviously there is no true answer to this as the continuity is completely screwed up, but I am once again asking you to indulge me for a moment as we try to piece together the wonky timeline(s) into a cohesive chronology.

At the end of Dark Phoenix, set in 1992, Jean “dies” and Charles retires, leaving Beast to run the school, now renamed the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters.

However, by the time of Deadpool, set in 2016, the school is back to being Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, with Charles implied to be in charge once again.

We also know Jean is back on Earth by the time of the DOFP epilogue, set in 2023. If we are to take the X-Men cameo in Deadpool 2 as official canon (and that is a stretch considering the completely fucked ages of the characters present), Jean is nowhere to be seen, possibly indicating that her return to Earth occurs after 2018 but before the aforementioned flashforward.

Equally though, the X-Men cameo in Deadpool 2 could simply be disregarded as a non-canonical meta gag. Or, even if it can be considered “accurate” (warped aging notwithstanding), Jean simply may not have been present for that particular meeting, widening the field of a potential return to any time between 1992 and 2023.

Arguably the simplest answer to all of this would be that she and Charles returned to active duty around the year 2000 before participating in a chain of events similar to those depicted in the original X-Men trilogy, albeit with a slightly happier ending due to Mystique being dead, Magneto being less of a villain, and Jean being in full control of her mind and powers, following the events of Dark Phoenix in the 90s.

Xavier’s reference to a battle at the Statue of Liberty, and the presence of Logan’s samurai sword from The Wolverine, in Logan appear to corroborate this theory that some version of these events from the original timeline also happened in this new timeline. Well, that is if you don’t take Charles’ ramblings as an aging telepath losing his marbles and getting his memories jumbled with that of the Xavier variant he melded minds with in DOFP.

Still, this is probably the cleanest explanation in my mind; Jean returned to Earth just prior to 2000, at which point Charles took the reins of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters once again.

What do you think? Any better ideas for head canon?

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