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"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, was a class 4 mutant, who could project energy blasts of concussive force from both of his eyes.

Scott was also a member of the X-Men.


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.

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 Summers, he has him 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 traveled to Alkali Lake. He heard Jean's voice and begged for it to stop. In rage, 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.

But 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 and Xavier's.

Character traits[]

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

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

Scott had 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. But overtime, 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 could to keep her safe, but he was completely heartbroken and emotionally broken, when she sacrificed herself to save the team and the students.

Powers and Abilities[]


  • Mutant Physiology: Cyclops was an extremely powerful mutant, who possessed optic blasts.
    • Optic Blasts: Cyclops could generate, create and project bright red energy blasts from both of his eyes, that could deliver massive concussive force, the full extent and limits of his optic energy blasts 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. Cyclops could change the intensity of the blast 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 Cyclops could somewhat control their intensity by how much he opens his eyes as see when he, Emma and the other mutant escapees of Three Mile Island, were being gun downed by soldiers, Cyclops unleashed an optic blast, that completely disintegrated three soldiers by completely opening his eyes. The visor was 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. As a teenager, when Cyclops was being attacked by Sabertooth, 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 blasts. Jean had once mentioned that Cyclops' blast could punch a hole in a mountain if he tried hard enough.


  • Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant/Martial Artist: Cyclops was extremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. In X-Men 2, he was able to best two train prison guards relatively easily, but his combat skills were proved to be ultimately inferior Lady Deathstrike's, as the latter was able to best Cyclops with little to no effort at all.
  • Expert Pilot: Scott was a highly skilled pilot. He was capable of flying most other aircrafts, such as the X-Jet.
  • Expert Leader: Cyclops was a capable and effective leader, as he serves as the field leader of the X-Men.


  • Involuntary Control: Unlike most other mutants, Cyclops could not control his powers, as his energy blasts were permanently active, the only way to stop it was 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 was generally the only way for him to safely see without inadvertently damaging his surroundings.
  • Ruby-Quartz: Ruby-Quartz was the only known natural substance that could block Cyclops' energy blasts without any damage.


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



Behind the scenes[]

  • Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Ethan Hawke, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Biehn and Luke Wilson were considered to play Cyclops before the casting of Marsden. Edward Burns was considered for the part of Cyclops. D.B. Sweeney auditioned for the role (he has a cameo in the film as a police officer). Thomas Jane turned down the role (Jane went on to play The Punisher (2004) alongside Rebecca Romijn). Eric Mabius' and Vince Vaughn were interested in the role. Jim Caviezel was cast as Cyclops, but he had to drop out due to schedule conflicts with Frequency (2000) and was finally replaced with James Marsden.
  • 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.
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Car with license plate B10-1212

  • Cyclops's license plate number is B10-1212.
  • In the promotional photos for X-Men: The Last Stand, Cyclops was seen in his X-uniform.


X-Men: First Class[]

X-Men Origins: Wolverine[]

Promotion, Filming and Concept Art[]


Promotion, Filming and Concept Art[]

X2: X-Men United[]

Promotion, Filming and Concept Art[]

X-Men: The Last Stand[]

Promotion, Filming and Concept Art[]

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