Here is another one of my blogs in my series "Why ___ is Awesome!" This time I'm doing Cyclops. I know that there's a lot of controversy and hate toward Cyclops, especially how he has been handled, currently. But here are my reasons why I think he is awesome:
Cyclops is a great leader. Simple as that. He's a fantastic strategist and tactician. Take note that he is not just a leader of a superhero team, but he is an icon and symbol to stand up for the entire mutant race. It started out with Professor X, but the X-Men were rightfully handed down to Cyclops. He possesses great bravery and the willpower to rise above others. It is evident that Scott Summers seriously cares for the mutant race and his X-Men family. Time after time he has sacrificed his safety, and happiness in order to do what is necessary, which is to protect the mutants. Although is not the boy scout that he once was, it is clear that his goals are still for the benefit of mutants. Summers is amazing in planning and always has something up his sleeve.
2. Character Depth
I used to see Cyclops as a boring, boy scout with nothing interesting to offer me. But I was wrong. He is a good character because his actions have meaning. Whether or not you agree with him, the things that he does has purpose. Especially now, since his actions from Avengers vs. X-Men to now have been questionable, he has become a more intriguing character. Here is a man who has seen his parents and brother supposedly die, become a "freak," and lose Jean Grey, someone that he had loved so much. Then he encounters the near extinction of his mutant race. He is someone who is deeply troubled and has sacrificed his innocence, happiness, and possibly his sanity in order to protect his people. People may hate him or love him for who he is, but he still pushes on.
Related to my previous point, Cyclops has flaws. He obviously isn't perfect. He was a boyscout, but even then, he has made mistakes. We've seen him lose control, break down, and now be labeled as an "anti-hero." He has changed so drastically and even I don't know whether or not the things he did were right or wrong. But what I know is this: he is interesting because he isn't perfect. It is incredibly tough to be a leader and make mistakes. Yes, I know he whines a lot, and people hated him for being a boyscout, but that's the best part. His flaws.
4. His Powers
Cyclops' powers are both a gift and a curse. His optic blasts have the ability to do good, but also have changed Scott's life. Like the other X-Men, he's different, confused, and possesses a power that is difficult to control. He has felt alone and afraid. Scott can't open his eyes while the visors, or else he will destroy you. But he has used his powers also to destroy Sentinels and save others. At full power, his optic blasts are incredibly powerful. It is also a treat for me to see Scott let it all out.
5. Jean Grey AND Emma Frost?!
He snagged both Jean Grey and Emma Frost. 'Nuff said.
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