CYCLOPS: Page 9 of 20

Publication Date: 14th Nov 2019
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At the time still uncomfortable because of Psylocke’s flirting and struggling with the aftermath of the X-Cutioner’s Song, Cyclops took a leave of absence and visited his grandparents in Anchorage. He confided in them what really happened to Madelyne and the baby, and they offered comfort as best as they could. Scott was also approached by one of their neighbors, who turned out to be Sinister in disguise. After dropping some hints about the Legacy Virus and a third Summers brother in addition to Scott and Alex, Sinister helped Cyclops withstand a test Apocalypse's Dark Riders put him through. They battled Cyclops for fifteen minutes and, afterward, considered him worthy enough to live to witness an upcoming great conflict. [X-Men (2nd series) #21-23]

After returning from his trip to Alaska, Scott promised Jean to never again leave her out of his decisions. [X-Men (2nd series) #24]

Soon after that, Cyclops learned the truth about Cable and Stryfe. What Stryfe had claimed about him being Scott's natural-born son and Cable a clone was a lie: in fact, it was Cable who was born Nathan Christopher Summers, and Stryfe who was the clone. Although there was some inevitable awkwardness between a father his son (now decades older than him), Cyclops finally knew Nathan's fate.[Cable (1st series) #7-8]

Scott and Jean made up over their quarreling and, a short while afterward, Jean decided that it was finally time to tie the knot. All of a sudden, when Scott least expected it, she turned the tables and asked him to marry her. He happily agreed. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #308]

Almost anybody who belonged to an X-team attended Scott and Jean's wedding at the Xavier estate. Alex and Ororo were Best Man and Matron of Honor. Rachel Summers, especially, was very happy, as the wedding seemed like the first step into a future where she would possibly born as their daughter. [X-Men (2nd series) #30]

During their honeymoon, the consciousnesses of Scott and Jean were taken 2000 years into the future by an elderly Rachel, who had ended up in the far future after entering the timestream. She needed their help to raise Nathan Christopher, shortly after the point in time Askani delivered him to the future. The techno-organic virus was spreading and could only be held in check with telekinesis. Under the aliases of Redd and Slym Dayspring, Jean and Scott raised the boy who one day would become Cable for twelve years, until the day Rachel died of old age. Then, the couple was sent back to their rightful bodies. Because of the circumstances surrounding their travels, young Nathan never learned that Slym Dayspring really was his biological father. [Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix #1-4] Scott and Jean initially kept their role as the Daysprings a secret from the adult Cable once they returned. As reality appeared on the brink of destruction by the M'Kraan Crystal, however, Scott and Jean opened up to Nathan, and the Dayspring family unit was truly reunited. [Cable (1st series) #20]

When Magneto's space station Avalon was under attack, Magneto's Acolyte Amelia Voght teleported Scott and Jean there to help. They came too late to prevent the destruction of the base or the death of X-Factor's first trainee, Rusty Collins, but they helped evacuate the rest of the Acolytes. Scott and a group of Acolytes crash-landed in the Australian Outback and it was his ingenuity and knowledge that kept them alive until they reached the abandoned outback town that the X-Men once had used as their base. [X-Men (2nd series) #42-44]

Later, Cyclops was chosen as one of Onslaught's test subjects, along with Storm, Iceman and Wolverine. They were pitted against Post, Onslaught's servant, in a battle area. After they won and were returned to the mansion, Cyclops found the area where the battle took place. There were no signs of battle, leaving many questions to be answered. [X-Men (2nd series) #50] When Onslaught finally revealed himself and turned out to be none other than a deranged aspect of Professor X's mind, it hit Cyclops the hardest, as Xavier was like a second father to him. During the crisis, Cyclops led his team to Muir Island and uncovered the Xavier Protocols, a group of files telling how to kill all of the X-Men with ruthless efficiency, including Xavier himself. When the Onslaught identity was destroyed and Xavier was arrested for the events in Onslaught, Cyclops and Jean were left in complete control of the X-Men. [Onslaught crossover]

Weeks later, some X-Men were busy battling the Phalanx in Shi'ar space. Those that remained on Earth, including Cyclops, were captured and imprisoned by the human-like Sentinel Bastion during Operation: Zero Tolerance. They later escaped from that secret base and managed to demolish the Prime Sentinel factory. A squadron of SHIELD agents then arrived and shut down Bastion. However, while in Bastion's clutches, Cyclops had been implanted with a nano-tech bomb.When the X-Men returned to the mansion, it took a combination of all of the old and new X-Men to save Cyclops with a last minute operation organized by new recruit Dr. Cecilia Reyes. [X-Men (2nd series) #70]

Afterward, Scott and Jean left the team to recuperate in Alaska. [X-Men (2nd series) #71] Scott was slowly but surely recovering and he tried to hone his mutant abilities to what they were before. Their "normal" life there was hardly uneventful, though. At first, Jean had Scott worried, as she seemed to be on the way to become Phoenix. He decided to call in the other original X-Men to discuss this and the state of Xavier's dream. Yet whatever plans they might have had were cut short, as Jean was struck by the psychic wave generated by the Shadow King's Psi-War, which caused a temporary loss of psi-powers worldwide. The couple stayed in retirement so Jean could properly recover. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #353-358]

Months later, after his return, Xavier pushed the X-Men too far and Storm called in Scott and Jean to reason with him. They failed to help Xavier, who then dissolved the X-Men and told them to go their own way, since he had no use for failures. The majority of the team left on personal vacations, but Storm stayed behind to keep Xavier from harming himself. Before they could return to Anchorage, Scott and Jean were contacted by Nina of the Mannites, who requested the X-Men's aid. Along with Wolverine, the only remaining member of the former team, Cyclops and Phoenix gathered Archangel, Cable and X-Man, Cyclops and Jean's son from an alternate timeline, as their new team. They proceeded on a mission to save the Mannites from Death, one of the new Horsemen of Apocalypse. In their battle with Death, the X-Men were unable to hold back the powerful Horseman. He brutally beat Cyclops and the others and killed Wolverine with one thrust of his sword. The remaining X-Men rushed Wolverine back to the mansion and met up with Xavier and the recently scattered team as well. Xavier revealed that he had only pretended to lose control in order to uncover a traitor he had sensed in their midst. The traitor was discovered when Wolverine's deceased body reverted to its true form: that of a Skrull warrior. The true Wolverine had been kidnapped months ago by Skrulls who were working with Apocalypse, who, in turn, brainwashed Logan into becoming his Horseman of Death. [Astonishing X-Men (2nd series) #1-3, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #375]

The X-Men found evidence in one of Destiny's diaries of an enigmatic group known as "The Twelve," and both Jean and Scott were among the names on that list. For one last time, the couple opted to help the X-Men before fully retiring. Apocalypse and his forces captured all of the Twelve during the battle, using them in a ritual to give the Eternal One a new body and incredible power. Magneto and Polaris created opposite magnetic polarities, Iceman, Storm and Sunfire provided elemental extremes, Cyclops, Phoenix and Cable gave the unity of family and the vast energies of the Summers bloodline, Xavier provided the power of mind, while Bishop and Mikhail Rasputin represented control over time and space. The Living Monolith linked all their energies together. Nate Grey was to be Apocalypse's new host, a powerhouse to store his massive lifeforce. The Twelve managed to free themselves and Cyclops sacrificed himself to keep Apocalypse from getting Nate. Instead of merging with Nate Grey, Apocalypse fused body and soul with Cyclops. This new gestalt being attempted to use the absorbed power of the Twelve to rewrite history at various crucial points in order to dominate the future. The X-Men, however, defeated the new Apocalypse, who escaped. [Gathering of The Twelve crossover]

Apparently, a portion of Cyclops was still fighting the merge, for he was next seen in Morocco. Wandering as an amnesiac Scott Summers, without mutant powers, he was having flashbacks of Apocalypse's memories. After the former Dark Rider, Gauntlet, attempted to kill him, Scott joined up with Anais, a worshipper of the Cult of Apocalypse. Meanwhile, Ozymandias had enlisted the aid of Cable and Phoenix to track down Cyclop-alypse. In a four-way battle, Jean managed to separate Apocalypse's spirit from Scott, and Cable dispersed it with his psimitar. Cyclops returned to the X-Men, but forever carried the taint of Apocalypse within him. [X-Men Search for Cyclops #1-4]