@realitywarper: His life isn't in danger. Cap isn't going to go for any kill shots and it hasn't been a thing since Second Coming, and Remy has been in plenty of fights since then and was killed once. Death hasn't been mentioned in 4 years.
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The reason why I voted for Cyclops is that I actually want to learn more of his characterization before AvX and Schism. I hear so many people either say that Cyclops has become awesome or a tool, it would be nice to see how he was before all of the ho ha.
His characterization before all that was a slow burn towards his descent into becoming a darker character. For a long time, he was very vanilla, and boy scout, and only really let out only so often. His big shift in character change I think became more apparent when he started dating Emma Frost. He realized his marriage was in the sh*tter at that point and Jean wasn't exactly wife of the year. Off the top of my head, Cyclops himself has been put through so much stuff as a character from thinking his parents dead, his brother dead, struggling to control his powers, the regular mutant hate, his issues with confidence, and then as he progresses, Jean dies, his wife (Maddie) turns evil, he sacrifices his son, he gets possessed by Apocalypse, his school and students are attacked X amount of times with plenty of them dying, his species is dwindled to 200, watched his son sacrifice himself (once more), and he started getting his hands dirtier and allowing himself to sacrifice his humanity to try and protect his race. He went from that introverted and terrified of his own power teenager to the stoic and stalwart leader of the X-Men whose ideals and abilities surpassed Xavier and even Magneto bowed before him. So probably from Morrison's run to where he is now is where the real big character development started happening, and he slowly but surely started to lose that boy scout mentality and he started getting darker and aggressive.
Cyclops has always had moments where he pulled out some badass stuff, but it wasn't always consistent. He was the teacher's pet for so long. And in the last few years is when he really started to harden. I remember when Ms. Marvel tried to recruit the X-Men and Emma tore her a new one, it was Scott who was like "it's ok, I'll take you outside." and gave her a hug when he saw her and stuff, and even tried to back Emma off a bit. But before AvX, like the run leading into it I believe (Gillen's run), he told the Mayor of San Fran he would level the city or something like that if they dare threatened to attack them again. Eventually he admitted to bluffing and being angry, but that was something he most likely would have never done. And that's kind of what I mean he sacrificed a lot of his humanity. He went from the guy, despite so many of their students dying, that was hugging an Avenger to the guy now that is telling them to go to hell for trying to convict him as a murderer, where Scott has already stated he'd rather they kill him than think he willing killed Xavier. So before Avx, like a good few years, he was still the stoic and immovable leader, but he was more chill. He was more open with stuff, and you'll see his change like a really slow heel turn and events for the mutant race just get worse and worse. And that is what I mean by him sacrificing his humanity, but it was all for his people. AvX and Schism was basically that boiling point that it all led up to. So hopefully this helps you understand the character a bit more before AvX and Schism.