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5 Cyclops Stories We Gotta See On The Big Screen


X-Men: Days of Future Past kept comic book news sites busy last year with its constant casting updates, especially the ones involving the film’s many returning cast members. In addition to a handful of actors returning from 2011’s X-Men: First Class, original trilogy actors Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page and Daniel Cudmore will all rock the black leather look one more time in this month’s new X-Men film. But there’s one big name left off of that list: James Marsden’s Cyclops.

We know that the character did die in X-Men: The Last Stand, but so did Charles Xavier and that hasn’t stopped him from returning. This fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by the actor himself, who recently discussed the big reunion with Crave Online.

“I’ve always been very proud of my role and it’s out of my hands,” he said. “It’s nice to see Bryan [Singer] go back in and turn the boat a little bit. I’m happy for those that made it back. I’d like to.” It’s a good thing that Marsden wants to return, because Cyclops’ death is just one thing we hope “Days of Future Past” undoes with its time-traveling plot. If Cyclops suits up once more, here are five stories we hope make their way to the big screen.

The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix

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With two future installments in the X-Men film franchise being X-Men: Apocalypse and – possibly – X-Force, it looks like Fox might be making room a certain gun-toting cyborg on the big screen. If we’re on course to get a live-action Cable, then we should be on course to getting live-action Cable’s origin as well. As the son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey, that origin story absolutely needs Cyclops’ death to be undone – and it needs Marsden back in the role. Fox can even get rid of all the clone business and just make him Jean Grey’s son, just as long as they adapt scenes from the mid-’90s mini-series about Cyclops and Phoenix raising kid Cable in the future.

Mr. Sinister


While actually a character and not a story, we desperately hope that Cyclops’ return will also involve Mr. Sinister. With his stark white skin, black goatee, shoulder-pads, and ribbon cape, Sinister looks like a hair metal vampire plucked out of the Victorian era – pretty much the exact type of character we’ve been dying to see in a Fox film. His fascination with Cyclops and Jean Grey and his expert cloning skills could easily explain away the duo’s return to the land of the living, even if Days of Future Past doesn’t undo Slim and Red’s deaths. Mr. Sinister is about as close as Cyclops has to an arch nemesis; if Scott comes back to life, we want it to be in a personal story that lets the character shine in ways he was not allowed to in previous films. No story can be more personal than a creepy, maniacal geneticist resurrecting your death for his own nefarious purposes. Cyclops vs. Sinister. Make it happen.



If Guardians of the Galaxy turns out to be a huge hit for Marvel Studios, then Fox would be wise to use the band of space pirates that they have in their catalog of characters: the Starjammers. Led by Cyclops’ long lost father Corsair, the crew contains a fierce fighting skunk lady, a Shakespearean cyborg, and a muscle-bound lizard creature. Cyclops could easily be our entry point to this new corner of the X-Universe, one that could also include the Shi’ar and Imperial Guard. Maybe adult Cyclops finds himself mysteriously alive onboard the Starjammer? Or maybe Fox could draw inspiration from Marvel’s newly-launched Cyclops ongoing series, which stars a teenage Cyclops going on space adventures with his dad? Either way, this movie would involve a scaly green alien named Ch’od, and we’re on board with that.

Astonishing X-Men


Cyclops is a brilliant strategist and stalwart defender of Xavier’s dream of coexistence. He should be the X-Men’s Captain America, but the original trilogy instead characterized him primarily as an obstacle standing in between Jean Grey and Wolverine. If Cyclops gets another shot, that film should draw heavily on Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men, where Scott really got to strut his stuff as the X-Men’s most capable and competent member. For a stretch of issues, Cyclops even managed to command the team – and kick ass – while powerless; he instead relied on his natural leadership skills and incredibly honed strategic brain to save the day. That’s a Cyclops that viewers can get behind.



If Days of Future Past resets the timeline, thus rewriting the events of the original trilogy, it would make sense for Fox to mine the current schism separating the X-Men in the comics for cinematic material. Once the franchise gets out of the 1980s, as depicted in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” they could drop in on the modern era and show two factions of X-Men fighting for Xavier’s dream in two different ways. A possibly recast Wolverine in charge of a new school could square off against a more aggressive Cyclops and his team of proactive mutant heroes. Even though Cyclops would most likely come across as the villain, as would any character placed at odds with the beloved Wolverine, this version of Scott has become one of Marvel’s most fascinating comic characters and it would give James Marsden plenty of great material to work with.


  • Mr November

    “X-Men Origins: Cyclops gets a personality”

    If Fox do brink back or introduce a younger Cyclops they need to make him interesting. in the movies Cyclops is just so bland, frankly killing him in x-men 3 was the most interesting thing they did with in.

  • Charles Veiman

    It seems absurd that Fox has been deaf to the criticism of how they treated Scott and the other Xmen in order to make the movies revolve around Wolverine, speacially when it has come from so many Xmen fans. I suppose the only criticism they would hear is less money dropping at the box office.

  • Kenozoic

    I don’t like any of those ideas. “Astonishing” was overrated. Scott & Jean in the future was a waste of time. Mr. Sinister has always been a big problem with clones, disposable villains, etc… Perhaps the Starjammers, what with the GotG movie coming, or maybe a version of Revolution. I’d prefer anything “Original Five” or maybe Giant-Size.

  • Andy Synn

    Give me an awesome “To me, my X-men!” moment for him and Ill be at least somewhat mollified.

  • Alan

    I think Starjammers would seem a bit too similar to Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Guy Gardner

    *cough* wolverine jock rider. *cough*

    Pick up a comic book, or be less ignorant. Both will work.

  • Brian H

    This seems like odd timing for this article, since it appears that the X-movie franchise will be tied up with (presumably) X-Men Apocalypse, X-Force, and the next Wolverine movie for the foreseeable future.
    I know the Marsden comments were made recently, but it seems like it would be a very long time before a Cyclops-centric movie could be released. Although, if a Starjammers project would become possible, I think Marsden as Corsair may be cool. That is, assuming that we are going to see a younger Cyclops in his next appearance.

  • mel

    Say that aloud and hear how lame it sounds.

  • Mr November

    clearly you completely miss understood my comment. I was criticising how badly Cyclops has been interpreted in the films. in the comics he an interesting character and the leader of the x-men (and has devolved into a extremist since house of M). in the movies he’s like a cardboard cut out, he just shot of stands in the background.

    Don’t let your hatred of wolverine blind you next time :p

  • Hugo Faust

    I’m not
    going to say that this is the best comic I’ve read this year. But
    that’s because I have a concussion and am probably forgetting some of
    the good ones.

    People should read and support this comic. Because it’s great.

  • demoncat_4

    for cyclops to be back in an xmen film fox would have to first undo the damage from xmen three. plus surprised after all this time mr. sinister has not shown up on the big screen to cause havok for the x-men espically if cable is destined to be showing up . plus sinster could be the reason cyclops is back in the x-men fold at last.

  • PatriciaO

    I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been trolling @BryanSinger and @FoxMoviesME with X-Men tweets (@XMenMovies). While I understand the asinine nature of my actions, I strongly feel that the more they hear from individuals’ disapproval of the current movies, the better the chances of improving the franchise. Maybe I’m wrong – and I’m just being an ass

  • PatriciaO

    Definitely NOT in the last five years or so. On the contrary, Wolverine has become a total pushover and Xavier’s lapdog (contrary to anything prior to the X-Men movies). Scott has become a stoic, pragmatic and badass vigilante.

    Really, he was as interesting as Captain America. In the words of Rachel Edidin (@RaeBeta):

    “He leads the X-Men — not because he has any illusions about his skills or likability, but because someone has to. He puts himself in the line of fire because that’s what being responsible for people means, and makes decisions that’ll get him hated because they’re decisions that have to be made. He f**ks up and f**ks up and f**ks up, and apologizes, and rebuilds, and learns, and grits his teeth and dives back in to f**k up some more.

    He does this in hopes of building a world that will, realistically, have no place for him; leading or working under people whose expectations for him are flat-out impossible to meet and who hold him accountable every time he fails to live up to them.

    And he keeps doing it.

    And doing it.

    And doing it.”

  • penguintruth

    Nobody cares about Cyclops.

  • 80’sCokeFiend

    Glad you picked Guy Gardner…he was a prick too.

    SO, given that no one who only watches movies cares (cause that is what the topic was…try reading all the words, not just the ones with pictures) there isn’t going to be a Cyclops movie in the next twenty years.

    Since yer so on top of this stuff though.
    Which stories would you choose Guy?

  • John C. Baker

    Re: the last scenario. Easy way to recast Wolverine. Have someone hit him with a flamethrower in the face, then have him heal up slightly different. Do it every 10 years or so. Have him turn away burnt, then turn back with a different face. It’ll be like regenerating the Doctor.

  • Hulk

    I’m really hoping for Cyclops and the Original X-Men to appear together in a movie. And also for Stan Lee to make a cameo with Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman and Angel.

    But Stan Lee’s getting old now, and it seems that Fox doesn’t give a shit to the original characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

  • Charles Veiman

    and yet by this time I fear that the only chance there may be of fixing the mess Fox has made out of the Xmen movie franchise is to do an entire reboot.

  • TL

    I’d say no we certainly do not need to see them.

    The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix relies on establishing Cable first, it’s a character piece too limited.

    Starjammers the X-men never should have been in space and it did not make sense. They are mutants but still humans. And making them a Star Trek copy is a terrible idea and it always has been.

    Astonishing X-Men much overrated and needs a better ending then the comic had.

  • nerdbasher

    Cyclops was boring in the X-Men films because he’s boring as a character. Sorry!

  • thewhitenerd

    Storm sucks in the X-Movies because she’s boring as a character. A black woman with a White Wig(ROFLMAO). I’m glad Singer killed her.

  • Butters Stoch

    Sinister would be so good, I hope he and apocalypse partner up.

  • Mystery

    Fox need to bring him back first before we can talk about his solo. It’s a shame that we didn’t have a chance to see a badass Scott on the big screen.

  • Retributi0n

    I know it is out of the question, but I think if Fox did Revolution, Fox and Marvel should team up and do Avengers vs. X-men. Not only would that open the door for Fox on revolution, but it would just be such an awesome thing to watch. In any case, I really like the revolution story-line that is unfolding right now. Cyclops is a badass now, and it would also introduce everyone to a slew of new mutants that are popping up. However, SHIELD has been heavily involved in Revolution up to this point.

  • AJ2449

    who needs Cyclops – when we’ve got WOLVERINE !
    Wolverine-Wolverine-Wolverine- !! Every X-movie should be 90% Wolverine!
    Every X-Comic too!

    Wolverine-Wolverine-Wolverine !! we need more Wolverine-

  • DJRickyV

    I don’t think anybody but Professor X could pull off that battle cry…