I even dressed as Jubilee this month. I'll post a picture when I get one from a friend.
|X-men love triangle|
When I think of Jean Grey, I remember her as vulnerable. She often reached her limit quickly. Thankfully she could make a force field for protection or keep the threat away long enough. For the love triangle, Jean's vulnerability increases her appeal. Is the reliable boy scout or the unstable tough guy a better match for her?
Then we find out she has untapped massive power, but it is still out of her control.
|Jean Grey's alter ego Phoenix|
This stronger and more passionate side of Jean is a better match for Wolverine, but maybe he'll lead her further down towards destruction.
Wolverine's ability is instant healing, however, limited to only physical wounds. This scar-less warrior carries emotional trauma that his mind and soul cannot handle.
Jean and Wolverine's struggle with their ability and emotions keep these evolved forms human. Both need to stay human to be good forces. Sabretooth is a foil to Wolverine by being a more primitive mutant who threatens mankind.
|Sabretooth vs. Wolverine|
|"Wolverine at the Bar"|