For decades the X-Men have had several different teams and sub-teams. It started with the New Mutants, a team of young, possible future X-Men in training. Later we had X-Factor, which was a cover team for the original X-Men and later turned into a government controlled team and then a private investigation agency. X-Force was always more of a strike force and today carries out covert op missions unknown to the others. Besides these, there have also been various other incarnations.
When most of the world's remaining mutants went to Utopia, we saw the formation of the X-Club. The X-Club is a group of the smartest mutants and residents on the island. They are "dedicated to serving as the mutant race's first, last and only line of defense." In other words, they can give the team an edge over their enemies when it comes to having the proper technology to aid in their fight and defense.
The X-Men aren't strangers when it comes to advanced technology but now they have their own team of geniuses. This is an idea all major teams should consider and is what could give Cyclops an advantage over Wolverine's squad of X-Men.== TEASER ==
In the world of superheroes and mutants, there are many different types of powers that can be seen. The immediate thought for the best choice is usually brute strength. Teams want someone that can smash enemies and help bust out of any traps their enemies might spring on them. If you look at the more successful teams, a member with advanced intelligence is what separates them from the others.
Obviously a brilliant leader/tactician is crucial but a genius can also assist in tactical decisions. Before heading into a battle or taking on a threat, all angles should be considered. Any weaknesses should be noted, prepared for and utilized. It's the super-smart that can come up with the tools needed to win the fight.
The X-Men have had Beast's intelligence at their disposal from time to time. While brilliant, he wasn't one to design the technology or gadgets they used. When it came to updating the Danger Room, Xavier relied on Shi'ar technology to provide more challenges in the X-Men's training. The problem came when the technology became sentient and started causing the death of students. Taking a humanoid form and learning not to be evil, Danger has proven to be an asset to the team. But even recently we've seen that there still is the potential for disaster while Danger is around.
When you take a look at the other successful teams, you'll notice they do have at least one resident genius. The Fantastic Four has Reed Richards, the Avengers have Tony Stark or Hank Pym and even the New Mutants can sort of say they now have one with Doug Ramsey and his new abilities after his resurrection. Having a genius makes things easier whether it for new fancy costumes, transportation or the right weaponry, gadget or plan to take out an extremely powerful foe.
Super-intelligence could be the best power to have. You would have the ability to out-think your enemies. You could design any tools needed to defeat enemies. Having all the answers is an edge that shouldn't be overlooked. With the X-Club, the X-Men have been able to do incredible things that wouldn't have been possible in the old days.
What it comes down to is, knowledge is power. Stay in school. Every team needs a super-genius. The teams that don't...well, some of them seem to have had their series canceled at some point or another (I'm kidding...sort of). Even someone like Batman, who while he's super-smart, he's not a genius, knows the importance of knowledge. Heroes need to be able to out-think their opponents and be prepared for whatever gets thrown at them.