The Phoenix Saga, Part Two: The Dark ShroudReturn to X-Men Comparisons: Comics to Cartoon
Comparison By A. Magik, Media By Stu and James Harvey
X-Men often adapted stories from the comic to the screen. But due to the different nature of each medium,
no episode could be directly translated. Presented in the list below is a list of changes from the comics to the
episode for "The Phoenix Saga, Part Two: The Dark Shroud," based on events from Uncanny X-Men #101, 105, 106, 107, created
by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.
-Both versions have Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, and Phoenix in the roster.
-Something happens to Jean Grey as she protects the shuttle.
-The shuttle carrying the X-Men crashes into Jamaica Bay, near New York City.
-Jean arises from the waters in a flashy costume, declares herself Phoenix, suffers a fainting spell, and falls back into the waters to be rescued.
-Phoenix is sent to a hospital to recover from this experience.
-Professor Xavier's mental problems cause him to create an astral image of himself, the personification of his dark side. This Dark Xavier looks like the regular one, with workable legs and a cape.
-Dark Xavier attacks the X-Men, but is destroyed.
-Not wishing his mental problems to be a liability on the team, Xavier takes a leave of absence.
-Eric the Red spies on the X-Men.
-Xavier's colleague (and first love) Moira MacTaggert is romantically involved with Sean Cassidy.
-Professor Xavier comes into physical contact with the stranger of his nightmares. This stranger reveals herself to be a Shi'ar alien woman named Lilandra.
-Lilandra's motives are the same in both comic and toon: Knowing her mad brother Emperor D'Ken plans to harness a powerful jewel called the M'Krann Crystal for absolute power, Lilandra fears this plan will lead to a universal armageddon. So she has rebelled against her brother to stop his mad plans. She needs Xavier's help.
-Juggernaut attacks soon after Phoenix's first appearance.
-The comic book X-Men of these storylines included Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Banshee (Sean Cassidy). The cartoon storyline has Gambit, Beast, and Jubilee, instead.
-Dark Xavier's methods of attack differ. In the comic, he uses mental illusions of old X-Men Angel, Beast (human form), Marvel Girl, and Iceman against the X-Men. In the cartoon, he fights the X-Men on his own.
-Comic Dark Xavier fights the X-Men all together in the Danger Room. Cartoon Dark Xavier fights them separately around New York City.
-Comic Dark Xavier is destroyed by Xavier. Cartoon Dark Xavier is destroyed by Phoenix.
-In the comic, by the time the X-Men were formed, Xavier's romance with Moira had cooled to nothing more than a close friendship. Thus, he would not have been so shocked by Moira's relationship with Sean as his cartoon counterpart was.
-It is uncertain if comic Moira and Sean were ever engaged, though they were lovers.
-The size of the M'Krann crystal differs. In the comic, it was a giant and connected to a planet. In the cartoon it is small and moveable.
-How Lilandra established a mind rapport with Xavier differs in both comics. The comic had her coming into contact with Xavier while he was telepathically linking himself with the population of Earth to defeat the alien Z'Nox. The cartoon has the two establishing a bond from their creation.
-In the comic, Juggernaut attacks the X-Men (sans Xavier). In the cartoon, he attacks Xavier and Lilandra.
-Present comic-book continuity made it so that the Jean who came from the waters as Phoenix and is destroyed on the moon, was actually an entity that took the form and memories of Jean Grey. The cartoon follows the original Jean-is-Phoenix idea.
-The Mariko that Wolverine sees is Mariko Yashida, a Japanese noblewoman who was probably his greatest love.
-Xavier's dark side would resurface several times, like in the X-Men/Micronauts limited series
and the Onslaught crossover.