"We Hurt The Ones We Love The Most" A Theory On Why Cyclops' Death Might Work An Essay By Lightning Strikez! I've given much thought to these alleged "death" rumors, and have come to the conclusion that Cyclop's death might--just might--actually work for this film depending on how it's executed. Now, don't get wrong, I think it'd be a crime to waste such a promising and underdeveloped character, especially in lieu of the great actor that is James Marsden. However, this thread is not meant to discuss the *crimes* of this possible outcome, but rather how it might actually work--if it's done for emotional impact. A Deeper Motive Bryan Singer's prior X-films contained a certain level of believability and realism. Therefore, there obviously won't be outer space aliens or entities taking over bodies as they do in comic books. So what other element could feasibly drive Jean Grey to become Dark Phoenix without compromising the realistic tone in this series? The answer? Accidental Manslaughter & Revenge. If Jean accidentally deals a fatal blow to her lover, she (and the audience) will be forced to come to a chilling conclusion: She is out of control. And from what we understand, it will be revealed that Charles Xavier set her up for that failure--not only by putting psionic "brakes" in her mind at a tender young age, but also by stifling her attempts to develop her powers (i.e. in Cerebro). Understandably, this revelation would likely pitch Jean into a wide plethora of emotions--including feelings of rage, betrayal, grief, confusion...and of course, insanity. Charles Xavier was her figurative "father" figure, her protector, her teacher. Yet, due to his overprotectiveness, he might have interfered with her natural evolution, thereby "framing" her in a sense with the future murder of Scott Summers. As a result, I think audiences would totally understand her defection to Magneto's Brotherhood Of Mutants. So for this reason (and this reason alone), I believe that Scott's death--if it is true--could be one of the most emotionally gripping and pivotal scenes of the film for 3 different reasons: (1) It will show audiences just how powerful Jean has become, (2) his death would provide a "realistic" motive for Jean to apostasize against her mentor and (3) it would give basis to Jean's avenging Scott by killing someone else--as speculated. "We hurt the ones we love the most" If these rumors hold true, this old adage will take on significant emotional meaning for Jean Grey, and the two most important men in her life. If done right, I believe it could be a powerful element in this movie--and most importantly--it would ensure that Scott's death would not be an "empty" thing. Your thoughts?