Marvel character highlight #01: Cyclops

NAME: Scott Summers
AFFILIATION: X-Men
BACKGROUND: As a child, Scott Sum­mers and his brother Alex were involved in a plane crash after their plane was attacked by the Shi’ar Empire. Their mother, Kather­ine, pushed the boys out of the plane with one para­chute, hop­ing that it would save their lives. They sur­vived, but Scott hit his head on the way down, thus ren­der­ing him an amne­siac and unable to con­trol his then-hidden mutant powers.

Scott lived in an orphan­age in Omaha, Neb., for the major­ity of his life while Alex was adopted. It was later revealed that the orphan­age was run by Mr. Sin­is­ter, a mutant from the 19th cen­tury who was obsessed with Cyclopsthe Sum­mers bloodline.

As a teenager, Scott’s mutant power of con­cus­sive force beams pro­jected from his eyes man­i­fested itself and nearly killed a group of peo­ple. With Pro­fes­sor Charles Xavier’s help, Scott escaped the crowd and joined Xavier as his first stu­dent at what would become the Xavier School for Gifted Young­sters. He, along with Jean Grey (Mar­vel Girl), Bobby Drake (Ice­man), Hank McCoy (Beast) and War­ren Wor­thing­ton III (Angel/Archangel) would become the first set of X-Men.

While work­ing together Scott and Jean fell in love. After Jean man­i­fested the Phoenix Force and was thought to be killed in a radi­a­tion acci­dent in outer space, Scott mar­ried Made­lyne Pryor, a dead-ringer for Jean. He and Made­lyne had a son together, Nathan Christo­pher, who was infected with a techno-organic virus cour­tesy of mutant vil­lain Apoc­a­lypse. He was taken to the future to be cared for until the virus could be con­trolled. Scott aban­doned Made­lyne when it was revealed that Jean was still alive. He obtained a divorce and mar­ried Jean.

After mount­ing pres­sures in the school and their lives, Scott and Jean’s mar­riage hit the rocks. Scott turned to a reformed Emma Frost for coun­sel­ing and sub­se­quently engaged in a psy­chic affair with Frost. A short time later, Jean was killed. Her death prompted Scott to recon­sider his path in life and his place with the X-Men. How­ever, Jean’s future self as the Phoenix of the White Crown showed him an apoc­a­lyp­tic future that would occur if he left the group. Scott decided to stay and remained in a rela­tion­ship with Emma. After a falling out with Xavier, who had kept many secrets from his group, Scott and Emma took over the school and are cur­rently run­ning the day-to-day oper­a­tions of the X-Men and Mutant Academy.

RELATIONSHIPS: Alex Sum­mers (Havok), brother; Gabriel Sum­mers (Vul­can), brother; Jean Grey (Phoenix of the White Crown), wife; Made­lyne Pryor (Gob­lin Queen), ex-wife; Emma Frost (ex-White Queen of the Hell­fire Club), girl­friend; Rachel Grey (Phoenix, Mar­vel Girl), daugh­ter from alter­nate time­line; Nathan Christo­pher Sum­mers (Cable), son; Christo­pher Sum­mers (Cor­sair), father; Kather­ine Sum­mers, mother.

FIRST VERSUS GAME APPEARANCE: X-Men vs. Street Fighter

APPEARANCES IN OTHER MEDIA: Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance 1 & 2 (mul­ti­plat­form), Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge (SNES/Sega Gen­e­sis), X-Men (Arcade), X-Men (film), X-2 (film), X-Men: The Last Stand (film), X-Men the Ani­mated Series (tele­vi­sion), X-Men Evo­lu­tion (television)

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