In X-Men '97 (season 1, episode 3, "Fire Made Flesh"), it was revealed that

a clone of Jean Grey, Madelyne Pryor (also known as the Goblin Queen), took Jean Grey's place at some point, courtesy of Mr. Sinister.

This made me wonder if Sinister's switcheroo might have happened during the events of the X-Men '97 prequel, X-Men: The Animated Series.

Is there any information available to pinpoint when, in the original series, Jean Grey was replaced by Madelyne Pryor? 

I'm open to insights from the comics as well, if the series leaves this detail unclear.


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It was most likely during the “Beyond Good and Evil” arc in season 4.

In 3999, Cable attacks Apocalypse, but Apocalypse steals his time device and uses it to arrive at the axis of time which causes Bishop to be thrown off course and trapped at the axis of time. Present day, Jean and Scott finally get married again. Just as they are driving off after the ceremony, the Nasty Boys kidnap Jean – leaving Scott behind. Shard (Bishop's sister) travels to the present day in search of Bishop and arrives in time to see Mr. Sinister trying to take Xavier.

Mr. Sinister kidnapped Jean as part of Apocalypse’s plan, but he likely had his own schemes during the chaos, and switched Jean with Madelyne sometime between these. It likely wasn’t before this because that would create problems with the whole Phoenix saga, so this makes the most sense.


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