Cyclops in other media

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Adaptations of Cyclops in other media
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Original source Comics published by Marvel Comics
First appearance X-Men #1 (September 1963)
Films and television
Film(s) X-Men (2000)
X2 (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Television
show(s)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men: Evolution (2000)
Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)
Games
Video game(s) The Uncanny X-Men (1989)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men Legends (2004)

Cyclops is one of the only X-Men to be featured in every adaptation of the series. This is a list of all media appearances of the Marvel Comics character Cyclops.

Television[edit]

The Marvel Super Heroes[edit]

Cyclops made his first ever animated appearance in the 1966 series The Marvel Super Heroes episode of The Sub-Mariner "Dr. Doom's Day" with the original X-Men line-up (Angel, Beast, Iceman, and Jean Grey).[1]

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends[edit]

Cyclops appeared in several episodes of the animated television series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. He appears in the episodes, "The Origin of Iceman", "A Firestar is Born", "The Education of a Superhero", and "The X-Men Adventure". In the former, Iceman mentioned his eye laser as "devastating". George DiCenzo provided Cyclops' voice in "The X-Men Adventure" while Neil Ross provided Cyclops' voice in "A Firestar is Born".

Pryde of the X-Men[edit]

Cyclops appeared in the X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men animated pilot, wearing his old X-Men uniform from before he left. Michael Bell provided Cyclops' voice.

Marvel animated universe[edit]

In X-Men: The Animated Series, he wears his then current costume designed by Jim Lee. Cyclops was voiced by Norm Spencer in the English version, and by Kōichi Yamadera in the Japanese dub. In this version, Scott was the established team leader and was in a relationship with Jean Grey from the beginning of the series, acting more or less as his mainstream counterpart would. Throughout the series, Scott also discovered that his father was the space-pirate Corsair. During a battle with the government team known as X-Factor, Scott had to fight his brother Alex. Neither of the two seemed aware that they were brothers, and their powers seemed to have no effect on each other. When the series ended, Scott and Alex never had the chance to discover they are related. In the series, it was also revealed that he was one of the original X-Men members along with Beast, Jean, and Iceman. In the final episode of the show, a dying Charles Xavier tells him, "Scott, were I your father, I would tell you, 'no true a son could ever be.' I am proud."

He also guest starred in Spider-Man: The Animated Series in the 1990s in The Mutant Agenda/Mutant's Revenge, along with the rest of the X-Men, when Spider-Man sought Professor X's help in curing his recent mutation crisis.

X-Men: Evolution[edit]

In the later animated series, X-Men: Evolution, Cyclops was voiced by Kirby Morrow. Here, Scott Summers is the X-Men's field leader. In contrast to his mainstream version, this version of Scott is a confident and self-assured leader with a much more extroverted personality; his teammates all look up to him, especially since he was Xavier's original recruit; Rogue even appears to have a crush on him after she joins the team, mainly because he continued to try and befriend her even when she initially distrusted the X-Men. (In a glimpse of the future at the end of the series - and as hinted by series director Frank Paur -, it appears that eventually Scott does become romantically involved with Rogue following Jean's transformation into the Phoenix.)[2]

Throughout the first two seasons Scott tries unsuccessfully to win the heart of his long-time friend Jean Grey, who initially rebuffed him despite secretly reciprocating his feelings. She later admitted her love for him after Scott was separated from the X-Men, lacking his glasses, and was discovered by Jean during a battle with Mystique. After graduating from Bayville High, Scott has become an instructor at Xavier's Institute for Gifted Children and is currently romantically involved with Jean. He also shares a close big-brother/little brother relationship with Nightcrawler.

In this series, Scott later learned that Alex, his brother, was still alive, and they often shared conversation by either telephone or actually meeting up with each other, although Alex declined full-time X-Men membership. Except for a short flashback, their parents do not appear in this series.

Wolverine and the X-Men[edit]

Jean Grey and Scott Summers in Wolverine and the X-Men.

Cyclops appears in Wolverine and the X-Men voiced by Nolan North. He has been shown to be in a state of depression since Jean Grey disappeared. When Wolverine and the rest of the team locate Professor Xavier, Cyclops finally rejoins the team to help locate his mentor. Interestingly, Wolverine and Cyclops seem to have switched roles with Cyclops as the brooding loner and Wolverine as the responsible leader. His current costume in the show is similar to that of Gambit's (wearing his current mainstream costume with a long trench coat). Scott is convinced that Jean is still alive and spends much of his time trying to locate her, usually enlisting the aid of Emma Frost. He is willing to go to great lengths to find Jean. Even going so far as to attack the Marauders, as well as their leader Mister Sinister, because he believes that Sinister has Jean despite the fact that he has no evidence of this. An exploration of his memories conducted later by Frost reveals that before Jean came into his life Cyclops was quite inexperienced and un-coordinated, until he met Jean and she "took the pain away." (in stark contrast to the comics, where he was arguably the most competent member of the original team without needing Jean to make him "complete" as an X-Man). When Wolverine joined the team, a jealous Cyclops violently attacked him when he thought Wolverine was trying to steal Jean from him, seriously hurting his own relationship with her before she disappeared. He later risks his life to rescue Jean from Sinister and is seen reunited with her at the end of the season.

Had the series continued, it was planned that another future would feature Cyclops in his Age of Apocalypse characterization.

The Super Hero Squad Show[edit]

Carlos Alazraqui voices Cyclops in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant Academy".[3]

Black Panther[edit]

Cyclops appears in Episode 5 of Black Panther. Nolan North voiced the role again.

Marvel Anime[edit]

Cyclops makes an appearance at the end of episode 5 of the Marvel Anime: Wolverine, arriving to give Logan a lift on the Blackbird. Cyclops appears next in the 12 episode X-Men anime series.The premise of series is, after death of Jean Grey, the X-Men are called together by Charles Xavier to travel to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki and face the U-Men. He is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in Japanese and by Scott Porter in English. This incarnation of Cyclops is praised for not being over shadowed by Wolverine as in some other incarnations. The series so far shows how death of Jean Grey has affected him in both passive and optimistic ways. He is shown recovering from Jeans death to a large degree being able to rejoin the X-Men’s ranks as their confident leader. Most notably Witnessing Jean being consumed of her powers has strongly angered him, but transcended to him wanting to stop the same fate from effecting young mutants. This is shown in the 5th episode when he devoted his self to teaching Hisako how to control her powers so she could avoid the same fate. In this series he is depressed and dealing with the death of Jean Grey, but is shown to be a confident and self-assured leader and having a much more extroverted personality than most incarnations, he described by some fans as cross between the other series versions.

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes[edit]

Cyclops makes a cameo appearance - along with Beast and Wolverine - in The Avengers episode "Infiltration" on one of the photos of known superbeings pondered over by Nick Fury, who is trying to determine which heroes he can now turn to in the upcoming Skrull invasion.

Films[edit]

In the feature film X-Men (2000) and its sequels X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), and with a cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Cyclops is portrayed by James Marsden. Although an important figure and leader in the comics, his role in the films, however, is increasingly reduced in favour of Wolverine. Many fans were upset by the handling of the character and one IGN contributor wrote: "Cyclops was misunderstood, miswritten, misdirected and generally mismanaged in this series." In the prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine set 17 years before the X-Men series, actor Tim Pocock makes an appearance as a young Scott Summers.[4]

X-Men Origins: Wolverine[edit]

A young Cyclops has a supporting role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he is played by Australian actor Tim Pocock. 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, 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 the resulting optic blasts damage the school building. He is finally taken prisoner and temporarily incapacitated with a carbon blindfold over his eyes, but he is soon freed when a vengeful Wolverine attacks Stryker's facility. While escaping, Cyclops leads the captive mutants and makes use of his eye beams to annihilate Stryker's minions, being pointed in the right direction by Emma Frost. He is then guided by the telepathic voice of Professor X who guides him and the other mutants to safety. Outside, he meets Professor X for the first time and leaves with the other mutants on his helicopter. Cyclops' optic blasts are represented differently here than in the comics, generating heat as well as concussive force.

X-Men: First Class[edit]

A young boy resembling Cyclops briefly appears in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class during the scene where Charles Xavier uses Cerebro for the first time. He is shown with similar sunglasses and a baseball glove; in the comics, Cyclops is a baseball fan. Although Alex Summers appears as part of Xavier's first team, his relationship to Scott is not mentioned.

X-Men[edit]

In the first movie, Cyclops, like his comic book counterpart, is the leader of the X-Men, a teacher at the school, and is in a long-term relationship with Jean Grey. Cyclops successfully fends off Sabretooth and rescues both Wolverine and Rogue, bringing them to the X-Mansion along with Storm. Though he initially offers Wolverine a hand of friendship, he soon expresses resentment towards Wolverine due to his mocking attitude and flirtatious behaviour with Jean. After Rogue runs away from the mansion, he and Storm go to a train station to find her, but are ambushed by Toad and Sabretooth in the process. When Sabretooth pins Storm against a wall, Cyclops rushes to help her but is momentarily distracted when Toad removes Cyclops' visor with his tongue, causing him to unleash the full force of his optic blast, destroying the roof of the station, Rogue is subsequently taken prisoner by Magneto. Professor Xavier organizes a rescue mission consisting of Cyclops, Storm, Jean, and (much to Cyclops' annoyance) Wolverine. After Xavier is poisoned while using Cerebro in an attempt to find Rogue, Cyclops, fearing for Xavier's life, promises to take care of the students no matter what happens and carries out the rescue mission. Upon arriving on Liberty Island, Wolverine is attacked by Mystique and the rest of the team are taken off guard by Toad who proceeds to trap Cyclops in a display cage, spit slime in Jean's face (which hardened, preventing her from breathing), and viciously beat Storm. Cyclops escapes the cage by using his optic blast to destroy the cage door and saves Jean from suffocation by blasting away the slime while Storm disposes of Toad. When the team is captured by Magneto, Cyclops manages to dispatch Sabertooth, blasting him out of the statue where they are trapped with assistance from Jean, allowing him and the other trapped X-Men to break free from their restraints. During the film's climax, he takes out Magneto with ease, allowing Wolverine to retrieve Rogue.

X2: X-Men United[edit]

At the beginning of X2, Jean tells Scott that she has a bad feeling that something terrible will occur, but Scott assures Jean that he would never let anything happen to her. Again, Cyclops is less than pleased to see Wolverine back at the mansion. Cyclops accompanies Professor X to visit Magneto, who is locked in a plastic prison cell and while waiting for Xavier outside, Cyclops is attacked by Yuriko Oyama and the cell guards. Oyama shoots Cyclops with a tranquilizer round to which Cyclops immediately responds by blasting her into a wall and engages the guards in combat. While preparing to blast the cell door open to save Xavier, Oyama suddenly jumps Cyclops from behind and knocks him unconscious. Cyclops is captured along with Xavier. After William Stryker brainwashes Cyclops, Stryker has him waiting for the X-Men, ready to ambush them. He almost kills Jean and the resulting battle between Cyclops and Jean cracks the dam under which they are fighting. Cyclops soon breaks free of his brainwashing and helps an injured Jean escape Stryker's facility. Once the team reaches the jet however, Jean decides to stay behind, engulfs herself in a flame-like Phoenix aura, and appears to sacrifice herself so the X-Men can escape the water. Cyclops immediately orders the other X-Men to go back, while none of them can. Cyclops becomes distraught and angered over Jean's sacrifice.

X-Men: The Last Stand[edit]

Half an hour into the film, after spending many months mourning Jean's death and unable to cope with his grief, a withdrawn Cyclops returns to Alkali Lake. He hears Jean's voice and begs for it to stop. He then unleashes the full force of his optic blast to make it stop, but then out of the water, Jean appears. She tells him to take off his ruby quartz glasses because she says she can control his powers. When Scott removes his protective lenses, Jean's power neutralizes his optic blast and his eyes become normal blue eyes. However, lacking complete control over the Phoenix, Jean apparently kills him off screen as they kiss. His supposed death is not shown on screen although he is assumed dead by the rest of the team. Though his body is never found, his ruby-quartz glasses are later seen floating in the air around the lake. At the end of the film, his grave can be seen, next to Jean's and Xavier's. Despite appearing in his X-Men leather uniform and battle visor in the film's promotional posters, Cyclops is never seen wearing either in the actual film. Although he is presumed dead, his status is still unknown, for there is no sign that Scott had died.

X-Men: Days of Future Past[edit]

While in the past, the time-displaced Wolverine encourages the young Charles Xavier (James MacAvoy) to reform the X-Men and recruit Scott for the future team, along with Ororo and Jean, arguing that the good they accomplished outweighs the bad they experienced. Reprising his role as Cyclops, James Marsden makes a cameo alongside Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) in the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past, in which the events of X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand appear to have been retconned. [2]

X-Men: Apocalypse[edit]

Bryan Singer confirmed in an interview that a young Cyclops will appear in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse set during the 1980s.[5]

Video games[edit]

Capcom series[edit]

He makes a background appearance in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 in a Days of Future Past-esque poster. It says he was slain.

LJN series[edit]

Konami series[edit]

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance[edit]

Cyclops appears in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, where Robin Atkin Downes is credited as the voice of 'Dark Cyclops'. He first appears in a cinematic detailing the failed attempt by various heroes, including Colossus, Hawkeye and The Hulk, to stop Doctor Doom from conquering Earth. He tries to defeat Doom with an optic blast, only for Doom to deflect the attack, with his new powers, back at him. He later appears in Doom's castle, having been corrupted, and transformed into Dark Cyclops, an evil version of himself that fights the heroes alongside Psylocke.

As one of the playable heroes available via download for the Xbox 360 version of the game, as part of the Marvel: Ultimate Heroes expansion pack, Cyclops is voiced by Scott MacDonald. He has special dialogue with Jean Grey, Dark Colossus and Dark Cyclops, in which it is revealed that Dark Cyclops was a clone created by Dr. Doom's powers.[6]

Cyclops is also an exclusive playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, for the PSP, Wii and PS2 versions. He is voiced by Zach Hanks.

Nintendo series[edit]

Paragon Software series[edit]

Sega series[edit]

X-Men Legends[edit]

He appeared in X-Men Legends and its sequel X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, where he was a very powerful character. He was voiced by Robin Atkin Downes (who also voiced Pyro) in X-Men Legends and by Josh Keaton in its sequel.

X-Men Mutant Academy[edit]

Other games[edit]

Parodies[edit]

"The Mask"[edit]

"Futurama"[edit]

In the tenth issue of Futurama Comics the X Men are parodied, with Leela taking the form of Cyclops. In the comic she takes on similar traits to Cyclops, such as their born leadership and determination.

Epic Movie[edit]

In the genre parody Epic Movie (2007) the X-Men are parodied among the warriors of Narnia. Cyclops is portrayed by Tad Hilgenbrink.

Superhero Movie[edit]

In the genre parody film Superhero Movie (2008) the Xavier Institute student Barry Bonds manifests Cyclops' optics blasts as a side effect of his steroid use.

Robot Chicken[edit]

Cyclops appears in the Robot Chicken episode "Sausage Fest" voiced by Gary Holm. He was among the featured X-Men that were killed in battle against a Sentinel.

Twisted Toyfare Theater[edit]

In the monthly publication Toyfare Cyclops is frequently parodied in Twisted Toyfare Theater. This Cyclops magnifies many of the negative traits associated with the character; he is a boring boyscout who constantly whines about his troubles. His relationship with Xavier is also parodied. Rather than being a surrogate son, he annoyingly clings to Xavier despite the fact that it is apparent to the reader that Xavier detests him.

BoB feat. Lupe Fiasco-Past my Shades[edit]

Cyclops is mentioned in this song by Lupe Fiasco, in the following sentence: 'And not wonders, Scott Summers. So don’t make me take off my stunners`

BroncoTV[edit]

Cyclops was the first subject of BroncoTV's series, Marvel: Untalented. The series depicts Marvel superheroes if their powers were reduced to 10% of what they originally were.[10]

The Incredibles[edit]

In the Disney/Pixar movie The Incredibles, the powers and helmet design of minor character Gazer Beam are likely a reference to Cyclops.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dr Doom's Day", Youtube.com
  2. ^ Marvel.Toonzone.net: Frank Paur On X-Men: Evolution. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Marvel Super Hero Squad Voice Cast". Comicscontinuum.com. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Actor Cast As Scott Summers In Wolverine!?". X-Men Films.net. 2008-05-06. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  5. ^ "X-MEN: APOCALYPSE WILL STAR CYCLOPS, JEAN GREY AND STORM". Sci-Fi Now. May 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  6. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (2007-03-23). "IGN: Hulk Smashes Activision's Ultimate Alliance". Xbox360.ign.com. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Cyclops joins Marvel Heroes". Marvel Heroes. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  8. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbxvvsuuTuk
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Marvel: Untalented - Cyclops on YouTube