Unfortunately thats not too far off from what Marvel has done in recent mainstream continuity which is the problem. Theres nothing to suggest that Wolverine cant beocme Phoenix if he were to access the Force
I REALLY hope that Jean's series is about her reclaiming her mantle and definitively establishing her as THE Phoenix bc its really become diluted with so many randoms having it. Im kind of conflicted with that as well bc I dont want her to become the Phoenix again but she needs to take her mythos back
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I believe that at some point, Marvel is going to create a Messiah Complex-level event around Jean, the Phoenix, and the O5 possibly going back to their timeline. I think the foundation for that story was laid way back in The Trial of Jean Grey. Like we're seeing with Secret Empire, Jean is building up to something big. If she wants to avoid a future where she's dead and doomed, then she has to do something about the Phoenix Force. Hopefully, this is a step in that process.
But if the o5 do go home, I don't think Marvel wants to sacrifice their popularity. Particularly sense they established at least in the 616 past, there's still an o5 there. That leads the o5, if they go back, to continue their adventures in their home universe and we could see how that affects their own timeline. I believe Marvel is setting things up to where even if they have to send the o5 back, that won't be the end of them.
The problem would be is that would still leave Cyclops DEAD. Of course this is Marvel and anyone can be brought back. Maybe Emma downloaded his consciousness to her mind and kept it there, while she paid Sinister to create a new clone body for Cyclops.
To add a bit of extra on other characters using the Phoenix, in the 90's Malibu Comics/Ultraverse had a Phoenix Resurrection crossover with the X-Men which also didn't have Jean or Rachel but still had the Phoenix force bestow powers to two Ultra characters, Amber Hunt and Foxfire, and I'd guess that one of them being a newly-introduced redhead was intentional.
There is no home to go back to. Thats already been dealt with. The only resolution I see at this point is merging the characters with their older counterparts and/or killing them