The Phoenix, or Phoenix Force, from the X-Men comics of Marvel, is a cosmic entity that most famously possessed the merry mutants' own Jean Grey and went a little off the rails. If by 'a little off the rails' one means eats suns and wipes out an entire planet.
But despite this pretty epic of dining faux pas, the Phoenix is more than just a one-dimensional destructive force of nature. And yet, it seems that that is all anyone remembers of the being.
You destroy one race of sentient broccoli people...
So what else is the Phoenix about? What more is there to know about the cosmic firebird, that fans and perhaps even writers, might have forgotten? With Phoenix returning to the comics and part of next year's X-Men film, it's never been a better time to remind ourselves.