MCU fans have ideas on how to fix an X-Men favorite that’s always gotten dirty in live-action

It’s safe to say that Cyclops didn’t get the respect he deserved at The Fox X-Men movies. From the 2000 original, he was the straight butt of the joke, with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine taking every opportunity to prank him and flirt with Jean Gray right under his nose.

The low point came in X Men: The Last Stand. Actor James Marsden had landed a role in Bryan Singers Superman returns over at Warner Bros., and so Fox summarily killed Cyclops in a most spiteful act of retaliation in the first act. He went on to reprise the role in days of the future pastwith Tye Sheridan getting in to put on the visor Apocalypse and Dark Phoenixbut the character never got his deserved moment in the spotlight.

With the X-Men finally making their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it might be time for Cyclops to finally shine, but does he need a power boost to compete with the franchise’s heavyweights?

The best suggestion we’ve seen is that Cyclops’ true power isn’t his eye blasts. In the comics, he is seen as an exceptional leader and tactician, often taking Professor X’s place as the de facto head of the X-Men, taking an uncompromising stance on mutant rights and standing up to human oppression more often than one would might expect from the X-Men clean-cut image of the good guy:

Maybe the initial focus could be on his other abilities?

We also think the Wolverine-Cyclops-Jean Gray love triangle is very much played out at this point:

And if his weird powers are accurately portrayed, the guy would be a beast in the MCU:

Marvel Studios is taking its time introducing the X-Men, who will likely not appear until the second half of the 2020s. Let’s hope they take the time to differentiate them from the Fox versions and that Cyclops is treated with the respect the character deserves rather than being a cloth shirt foil for Wolverine. MCU fans have ideas on how to fix an X-Men favorite that’s always gotten dirty in live-action

Lindsay Lowe

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