When we think of strong leaders in the Marvel Universe, it's hard to make a list without including Cyclops, the current leader of the X-Men. Scott Summers is, by far, one of the most central and prominent characters in the X-Men universe; yet there have been times where his prominence as a leader has overshadowed his romantic life. It's no question that Scott has evolved over the years and that his character is much different than it used to be -- he has had to change to fit his role as leader of the X-Men.
However, all that time he spends being a leader means readers spend a lot less time seeing his romantic life play out; leading many of us to believe that Scott the leader puts romance on the back burner. It seems that the whole Scott and Emma Frost getting together thing already happened, and there's not a whole lot left to do or say about the two as a couple.
In the recently released Astonishing X-Men #44 fans got a look at what it would like if Cyclops were paired with someone other than Emma Frost or Jean Grey; namely, Storm. For some, the concept of a Storm and Cyclops romantic relationship is far out there, but for others who recall Storm's time as a leader of the X-Men in her own right, the sparks that flew made a whole lot of sense.
The cool thing about the Marvel multiverse is the fact that basically, anything can happen. There are tons of different versions of the characters we know and love and because they are different, they might react differently in certain situations. In Astonishing X-Men we've seen Storm play for the wrong team when she sided with Savior, but we also saw her seduce Cyclops and as a result, share some very romantically charged panels with the X-Men leader. Getting a glimpse at this interaction led us to wonder whether a romantic relationship between Storm and Cyclops would be a good idea for both characters, and for the X-Men overall.
In the regular Marvel universe Storm and Cyclops, who are both romantically involved with other characters, don't spend a lot of time developing their respective relationships. In fact, as is in the case of Cyclops and Emma Frost; Cyclops does most of the talking and leading while Emma sort of takes a back seat in the character development department. She doesn't challenge Scott all that often and seems content to let him take the reigns of both leadership and their relationship. The same thing has (sort of) befallen Ororo Monroe. Recently, she's spent less and less time with her husband while he tries to "find himself" in Hells Kitchen, and Storm has spent more time on her own. She too hasn't done much lately, aside from recently joining the Avengers after her husband (Black Panther's) refusal.
If Cyclops were with Ororo would things be different? It's no question that the two characters have a mutual respect for one another, yet they have also had their share of disagreements. Then again, disagreements aren't always a bad thing. In fact, disagreements are what challenge individuals to question their convictions, and if Cyclops aims to be a good leader, then perhaps he should have a partner who challenges him, his motives and his beliefs.
Storm might be good for him not only because she doesn't always agree with him, but because she's spent plenty of time as a leader of the X-Men in her own right. During Uncanny X-Men #139, Storm takes leadership of the X-Men when Cyclops resolves to take a leave of absence. In a later issue, Storm and Cyclops duel for control of the X-Men -- all while Storm is de-powered ( Uncanny X-Men #201 ). When she wins their danger room battle, Cyclops gives in and lets her take the reigns of leadership, something he probably wouldn't have done if he didn't feel she was capable of leading the team.
Taking all of this into consideration, if the two of them got together as a couple they could potentially lead the X-Men as a union. Their potential relationship could lead to the balance in the leadership of the X-Men, not to mention the fact that these characters would probably challenge one another considerably. Joining the two could make for interesting banter and disagreements, but at the core they will always have a mutual respect and understanding for one another -- perhaps even love?
Of course there is the chance that building a romantic relationship between Scott and Storm would be very bad not only for the both of them, but for the team as well. What do you think? Do you think that a Scott and Ororo romance would reinforce the team and bring more clarity and strength to the leadership of the X-Men, or do you think it's the worst idea ever?