Scott Summers
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Alias(es) Cyclops
Appeared in X-Men
X2: X-Men United
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Deadpool 2
Status Deceased (Original Timeline)
Alive (New Timeline)
Actor James Marsden
Tim Pocock
Tye Sheridan
"It must burn you up that a boy like me saved your life, huh? Gotta be careful. I might not be there next time. Oh, and Logan, stay away from my girl."
―Scott Summers[src]

Scott Summers, also known as Cyclops, is a class 4 mutant whose eyes constantly emit beams of concussive force. Referred to Charles Xaviers's school by his older brother, Alex Summers, Scott was accepted in 1983. He joined the X-Men under the tutelage of Mystique and Beast after helping to defeat Apocalypse.


X-Men: First Class

While Charles Xavier used Cerebro to locate other mutants, a boy with sunglasses and a baseball glove is one of the many he sees.

Original Timeline

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

He is first seen being scolded and sent to detention by his teacher for wearing his protective sunglasses in class. Later, while copying words on a blackboard as punishment, he is attacked by Victor Creed who wants to capture him for William Stryker's mutant experiments. During the chase, Cyclops' sunglasses fall off and his optic blasts damage the school building.

He is finally taken captive and temporarily incapacitated with a carbon blindfold over his eyes, but is soon freed when a vengeful Wolverine attacks Stryker's facility. While escaping, Cyclops makes use of his eye beams to annihilate Stryker's minions, being pointed in the right direction by Emma. He is then guided by the telepathic voice of Professor X who leads him and the other mutants to safety. Outside, he meets Professor X for the first time, and he and the other mutants leave with in the X-Jet.


"If they have anything that can pick up our jet, they deserve to catch us."
―Scott Summers[src]
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After years of being taught by Xavier, Summers became leader of his X-Men and a teacher at his school. He also developed a romantic relationship with Jean Grey. Summers and Storm rescued Logan and Rogue from a fire in Logan's caravan and from Sabretooth who had been sent by Magneto, and brought them back to Xavier's school. After properly meeting Logan, the pair had many minor arguments with Logan, usually due Logan's attraction to Jean Grey, but nevertheless Summers effectively led the X-Men to stop Magneto's attempt to turn world leaders into mutants using a device on the Statue of Liberty.

X2: X-Men United

During a school excursion to the museum of natural history shortly after the incident at the Statue of Liberty, Jean told Scott that she felt that something terrible was about to occur. Scott assured Jean that he would not let anything happen to her.

Later, Summers accompanied Professor X to Magneto's plastic prison. While waiting for Xavier, a drugged Yuriko Oyama and her guards attacked Cyclops. Despite his struggles, she knocked him out and took Summers and Xavier to Stryker's facility at Alkali Lake.


After Stryker brainwashes him, he has Summers wait for the X-Men. He found Magneto, Mystique and Jean Grey and he fired his optic blasts, but Grey sensed it, pushed Lehnsherr and Darkholme out of the way and told them to go. Grey fought against Summers while attempting to break Stryker's brainwashing and during the struggle, Summers' blasts caused the lake's dam to collapse.

After successfully breaking through Stryker's brainwashing, Summers and Grey escaped from Stryker's facility and entered the Blackbird but the dam had already begun giving way. Jean got out of the jet and seemingly sacrificed her life to stop the water hitting the Blackbird. Scott begins to breakdown emotionally as everyone on the X-Jet full of sorrow, sadness, grief mourns Jean. Scott accompanies Xavier along with the rest of the X-Men as they confront the president and reveal to him that Stryker had arranged his assassination and they must find a way to coexist before they end up destroying each other in war.

At the X-Mansion, an inconsolable Scott looks out the window. Logan tries to comfort Scott by telling him that in the end Jean chose Scott. Although Scott is not as comforted by the thought.

X-Men: The Last Stand

"Not everybody heals as fast as you, Logan."
―Scott Summers[src]

After spending many months mourning Jean's death and unable to cope with his grief, a withdrawn Cyclops returned to Alkali Lake. He heard Jean's voice and begged for it to stop. He then unleashed the full force of his optic blast to make it stop, but out of the water, Jean appeared. She told him to take off his ruby quartz glasses because she could control his powers. When Scott removed his protective lenses, Jean's power neutralized his optic blast and his eyes became normal blue eyes.

However, lacking complete control over the Phoenix, Jean killed him as they kissed. His glasses are found, floating in the air around the lake. His grave was erected next to Jean's and Xavier's.

New Timeline

X-Men: Apocalypse

"Not all of us can control our powers."

In an Ohio high school class, the teacher is talking about how the world reacted to mutants in 1973. Scott keeps blinking and has problems with his eyes, but a school jock accuses him of winking at his girlfriend. The teacher asks what is happening, and Scott says that he needs to be excused because he has problems with his eyes. In the bathroom, the jock looks for him, angrily. He pounds on his bathroom stall, and Scott releases optic blasts for the first time, his mutant powers triggered. The jock is hit by the stall door and sent back after the optic blast is released.

At home after the incident, Scott wears a blindfold because without it, he'd release optic blasts. He refuses to talk with his parents and so he is taken to Xavier's School in New York by his older brother, Alex. Upon entering the school, he bumps into Jean Grey, who talks to him telepathically. After this, he is introduced to Xavier, who had just finished giving a lecture.

Hank McCoy and Xavier teach him how to control his optic blasts. After destroying Xavier's favorite tree with an optic blast in target practice, Scott asks if he will be expelled. Xavier tells him that he will be accepted.

After this, Hank gives Scott sunglasses with ruby quartz lens so that he can open his eyes without releasing blasts everywhere. He is able to see Jean for the first time and becomes attracted to her. Scott, Jean, Kurt and Jubilee later go to the movies, seeing Return of the Jedi.

When En Sabah Nur and the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse arrive at Xavier's Mansion, in the Cerebro Room, Alex tries to stop them with a blast when they abduct Xavier. However, he accidentally causes an explosion that destroys the mansion and is killed in the process. Peter uses his super speed to save everyone else, including Scott, when the mansion explodes.Scott looks for Alex and is disappointed to hear that he is dead. William Stryker and his men abduct Hank, Raven, Peter, and Moira, taking them to a military facility for interrogation. Scott, Jean, and Kurt follow covertly. Jean frees Logan, who is then known as Weapon X, a test subject of Stryker. Weapon X kills all of Stryker's soldiers while Scott, Jean, and Kurt free the others. Jean gives Weapon X some of his memories back and he then escapes the facility, running off into the wilderness.

In Egypt, Scott helps the others and fights Ororo. He later fights off En Sabah Nur physically, while Xavier fights him telepathically in the astral plane. Eventually, Jean unleashes her full power to destroy En Sabah Nur, her Phoenix powers manifesting. Angel was killed while Ororo and Magneto had betrayed En Sabah Nur and fought him. Psylocke fled during the battle.

Raven and Hank train Scott, Jean, Kurt, Peter, and Ororo to be the new X-Men members.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

"That's not what Raven would've wanted. You know that. You both do."
―Scott to Erik and Hank[src]

In 1992, nine years after defeating Apocalypse, Scott is now known as Cyclops, and a proud member of X-Men, who are now recognized as national superheroes, and is also in a romantic relationship with Jean Grey. However, this new fame has stroked Professor X's ego, who encourages them to embark on increasingly dangerous missions. One such mission leads into space to rescue the the crew of the Endeavor, and an unforeseen consequences which resulted in Jean transforming into the Phoenix.

While Jean had survived the event, and her psychic powers were greatly amplified as a result Scott was also worried about her as he had thought he had lost her. Jean, however, assures him that she was fine and that no matter what she would always come back to him. At the same time, unknown to many of the X-Men mental block placed by Xavier were being destroyed in Jeans mind and as a result she accidentally attacks the mutants celebrating outside Xavier's school after a mental breakdown, passing out afterward. When Jean awakens after having ejected Xavier from her mind she decided to travel to her childhood hometown of Red Hook, New York, after discovering that her father is still alive. Scott tried to stop her but Jean used her powers to knock him unconscious not wanting to risk hurting him. Scott and The X-Men tracked Jean down attempted to take her home as Scott begs Jean to come back to them assuring her that they would figure everything out. However, a fight breaks and Jean ends up severely injuring Peter and accidentally killing Raven and several local police officers before flying away.

After Raven's funeral, Scott tries to assure the students that Raven's death was an accident and that no matter what she had done, Jean was still their friend and they could still help her. The next day, Scott tells Xavier that Hank is gone. Using Cerebro, they discover that Hank, feeling betrayed by Xavier's manipulation of Jean's memories and seeking vengeance for Raven's death, has allied with Erik and the mutant refugees of Genosha in an attempt to put down Jean in New York City.

Upon learning of Erik's plan to kill Jean, the X-Men confront him and his faction in New York. As they battle, Xavier manages to enter the building where Jean is. Scott follows and comes upon the alien Vuk attempting to drain Jean of the Phoenix nearly killing her, Scott interrupts it by blasting Vuk away and Jean is knocked unconscious in the process. Both mutant factions, including Jean, are then taken into custody by the Mutant Control Unit and placed on a train headed towards a secret containment facility.

On the train, a remorseful Xavier admits to a very resentful Hank and angry Erik that he was wrong in violating Jean's mind and lying to her and Scott tells them that Jean is not at fault for her actions and that Raven wouldn't want them to just let Jean die. The train is attacked by Vuk and her fellow aliens: The D'Bari. When the soldiers are overpowered by the shape-shifters, the mutants are freed from their restraints to combat the threat. Scott helps Xavier get to an unconscious Jean where he confers with her within his mind, allowing Jean's personality to gain control of the force within her. Jean saves Scott and Xavier and others from Vuk's attacks and the ensuing train wreck, and then easily vaporizes the remaining D'Bari aliens when they attack her. Vuk once again attempts to drain Jean of the force, but Jean takes Vuk into outer space, then takes the stolen power from the D'Bari and unleashes it, killing her. Jean then disappears into space. Scott, still missing Jean, assists in the renaming of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters to the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Due to Logan traveling back in time and altering the past, Scott and Jean no longer died and are still active within the X-Men.

Character traits

Original Timeline

Scott is diligent regarding his duties as the leader of the X-Men, he is very serious and a good leader.

Scott has a good relationship with the X-Men, and cares about Charles seeing him as a father father figure and promising him he would take care of the X-Men and the students if he ever was to pass.

Scott has a dislike of Logan for his obvious attraction to his fiancee, Jean Grey, and more than willing to openly out him for doing so and to pick a fight. However over time the two developed a somewhat grudging respect for each other all though have made it clear to each other that they will never be friends.

Scott loves Jean and will do everything he can too keep her safe and was heartbroken and emotionally broken when she sacrificed herself to save the team and students.

New Timeline

Scott in the 80s is notably more rude and sort of a “bad boy” openly insulting a fellow student after he took problem with what he percevied as Scott flirting with his girlfriend and got off on the wrong foot with Jean Grey when the later communicated with him psychically. However after being accepted into Xavier’s School and the death of his older brother Alex, Scott becomes more responsible and heroic.

By the 90s Scott had become a full fledged and committed member of the X-Men. Staying by Xavier’s side even after his role in Jeans transformation into the Phoenix was revealed.

Powers and Abilities


  • Optic Energy Beams: Cyclops can emit beams of energy from his eyes, that can deliver massive concussive force; the extent and limits of his optic energy beams are unknown but they have been seen to be able to blast through steel, concrete and wood, as well as to send targets flying backwards. Scott can change the intensity of the beam with a dial on the visors, making it large enough to blow open a thick steel door or small enough to break hardened slime off Jean Grey's face without hurting her. When not using his glasses or visor it has been seen that Scott can somewhat control their intensity by how much he opens his eyes as when he, Emma and the other mutant escapees of Three Mile Island, were being gun downed by soldiers, Scott unleashed an optic blast, that completely disintegrated three soldiers by completely opening his eyes. The visor is also able to restrain the blast's full power, allowing a hit from it being enough to simply knock out an opponent instead of hitting with explosive power. When he was being attacked by Sabertooth as a teen, he was able to blow through three floors of the school, also leaving a trail of flames indicating that there may be some heat, or at least extreme friction, in the beams. Jean has once mentioned that Scotts blast could punch a hole in a mountain if he tried hard enough. Even as a teenager, Scott’s beams were able to match the power of Storm’s lightning blasts, even after she had her powers greatly amplified by Apocalypse.


  • Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant/Martial Artist: Cyclops is extremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. In X-Men 2, he was able to defeat two train prison guards without any difficulty, however, he was quickly defeated by Lady Deathstrike.
  • Expert Pilot: Cyclops is capable of flying the X-Jet.
  • Skilled Leader: Cyclops is a capable and effective leader; as he serves as the field leader of the X-Men.


  • Involuntary Control: Unlike most mutants, Cyclops cannot control his powers, as his optic energy beams are permanently active; the only way to stop it is by closing his eyes or by shielding his eyes with ruby-quartz, Cyclops also wears ruby-quartz as lenses in glasses or in his visor, which is generally the only way for him to safely see without inadvertently damaging his surroundings.
  • Ruby-Quartz: So far, Ruby-Quartz is the only known natural substance that can block Cyclops' optic energy beams without any damage.


  • Visor: Scott wears a visor to control his optic energy beams.
  • Sunglasses: Scott wears sunglasses that prevents his optic energy beams from destroying everything in sight.
  • X-Man uniform: Scott wears a protective suit, when he is out on the field in battle.


Original Timeline

New Timeline


Behind the scenes

  • Cyclops had very little screen time in The Last Stand due to Marsden's filming of Superman Returns.
  • Due to Wolverine being portrayed as the main character, Cyclops is relegated as a supporting character in the movies despite being a main character in the comics.
  • Actor James Marsden wore platform shoes. In reality, he is actually under 6' 0", shorter than Famke Janssen who plays his love interest, Jean Grey, and even shorter than Hugh Jackman who played Wolverine.
  • Tim Picock was unfamiliar with the X-Men comics, but watched the X-Men: Evolution cartoon to research what his character would be like at that age.


  • In the comics, due to a brain injury, Cyclops is unable to shut off his optic blasts at will and must therefore wear a visor or glasses with ruby quartz lenses that block the beams.
  • In the first X-Men film, many fans claimed that Cyclops' visor seemed too bulky. As a result they were changed for X2: X-Men United.

Car with license plate B10-1212

  • Cyclops's license plate number is B10-1212.
  • In the comics, Scott has a younger brother, Alex Summers aka Havok. While a character named Alex Summers, who uses the alias of Havok, appears in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. In X-Men: Apocalypse it is confirmed that the two are brothers.
  • In the promotional photos for X-Men: The Last Stand, Cyclops was seen in his X-uniform.


X-Men: First Class

Original Timeline

X-Men Origins: Wolverine


X2: X-Men United

X-Men: The Last Stand

New Timeline

X-Men Apocalypse

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

See Also


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