It’s safe to say Cyclops didn’t get the respect he deserved in the Fox X-Men movies. From the 2000 original onwards, he was the straight-laced butt of the joke, with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine taking every available opportunity to clown on him and flirt with Jean Grey right under his nose.
The low point came in X-Men: The Last Stand. Actor James Marsden had taken a role in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns over at Warner Bros., and so in a supremely catty retaliatory move, Fox unceremoniously killed off Cyclops in the first act. He went on to reprise the role in Days of Future Past, with Tye Sheridan stepping in to don the visor in Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix, but the character never got his deserved moment in the spotlight.
With the X-Men on their way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe at long last, the time might be right for Cyclops to shine at long last, but does he need a power boost to compete with the franchise’s heavy hitters?