|Warewulf, I recently emailed Paul from The X-Axis about Rachel Summers, and this was his response. This is much of an expert opinion as you can hope to get. |
This gets a little confused because CABLE was working on a rather strange set of assumptions about how Marvel time works. Broadly speaking, the idea is that in the Askani timeline, Apocalypse successfully gained the power of
the Twelve, ascended to "godhood", and proceeded to conquer the world. When the X-Men defeated that plan during the Alan Davis run, the Askani timeline was averted. Depending on which story you read, it was either eliminated altogether, or relegated to a minor alternate timeline.
In any event, this apparently had the effect of relegating the "Mother Askani" version of Rachel to a divergent version of the character. Instead, the "mainstream" Rachel got lost in the timestream in EXCALIBUR #75, only to
turn up in the far future as a prisoner of a minor villain called Gaunt. Cable eventually rescued her and brought her back to the present day, where she decided to quit the superhero life and enrol in university.
There is some suggestion that Rachel has subconscious memories of her life in the Askani, but broadly speaking, all of that has been deleted. In current continuity, she got lost in time, was captured by a minor villain, and was rescued by Cable - throwing all of the Askani stuff out of the window, unless somebody feels passionately about bringing it back.
Rachel doesn't need to angst so much about her home timeline because Excalibur already saved that world from the Sentinels. Basically, all of her major crises and objectives have been resolved. (Which begs the
question, why bring her back? The answer is seemingly that they want to use her as the aggrieved daughter of Jean Grey, which involves fudging history somewhat.)
It seems pretty obvious that Rachel is now calling herself "Rachel Grey" and "Marvel Girl" as a tribute to her late sorta-mother.