|Uncanny X-Men #1 cover by Chris Bachalo|
By Brett White
With mutantkind bouncing back from the brink of extinction, one man has shown the willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure their survival.
That man? Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, the former figurehead of the mutant race whose recent actions have taken him from messiah to pariah. Now the self-appointed leader of a revolution, Cyclops has gathered a team of X-Men with one purpose: recruit the next generation first.
UNCANNY X-MEN, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Chris Bachalo, marks the return of the long-running, flagship X-Men series, just in time to chart the course of mutantkind’s future.
After possessing the fleeting and unlimited power of the
Brian Michael Bendis opens up about Cyclops’ future.
Marvel.com: If you had to sum up Cyclops’ overall plan in a nutshell, what would it be? What’s his pitch?
Brian Michael Bendis: His pitch is that the world is a lot more complicated than what the cast of ALL-NEW X-MEN are seeing. A larger plan needs to come in to play. He sees the beginning of the rebirth of his people, which was at the end of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN. He sees it as a gigantic second-chance do-over. Even though something horrible has happened with Charles Xavier, and there will be arguments over whether Scott is fully responsible for that, he thinks he has a second chance.
Marvel.com: How does the rebirth of the mutant population figure into his plan?
|Uncanny X-Men #1 preview art by Chris Bachalo|
Brian Michael Bendis: The rebirth of the mutant population is a second chance to bring Xavier’s legacy forward, but the modern world is a lot more complicated, requiring a more militant angle in how young mutants are trained. Cyclops doesn’t want people to fear mutants but he wants them to be respected. There’s a very fine line between getting someone’s respect and having them be afraid of you, especially when you’re fighters. That’s the line he’ll be dancing along throughout the whole book. It’s very complicated.
Marvel.com: Between X-MEN: SCHISM and AVENGERS VS. X-MEN, Cyclops has been at the forefront of a lot of Marvel events recently, and those events have pushed his character in very radical directions. What’s it like telling the next big chapter of Cyclops’ life?
Brian Michael Bendis: I could not be happier with inheriting this character at this time and in the place he’s in. Everyone [in the Marvel Universe] has the same feeling about Spider-Man. Everyone in the Marvel Universe has a different opinion about Cyclops. People in the
|Cyclops by Ed McGuinness|
Marvel.com: When you look at the people that Cyclops has surrounded himself with, you have Magneto and Emma Frost who both have a history of being villains. You also have Magik, who half the time looks pretty demonic.
Brian Michael Bendis: She’s had her stumbles as well. I just spent the entire last month reading every page of comic books that she’s ever appeared on.
Marvel.com: It seems weird that Cyclops is trying to rehabilitate the mutant cause with people who the public view as villains surround him. Will he be trying to recruit more happy-go-lucky mutants to have around?
Brian Michael Bendis: These are Scott’s closest allies right now. The argument that I see online right now is that Scott is just like Magneto now, but Scott doesn’t think that he’s like Magneto at all. He thinks keeping Magneto with him keeps them both honest. Fighting against Magneto didn’t work, but this is kind of working. Subconsciously, I think Scott likes having a tough father around. I think he likes having a guy to tell him how it is. In ALL-NEW X-MEN, Magneto told him “Listen, your crazy is you. You have to take responsibility for how crazy you are. It’s no one else, it’s you.” That’s a pretty tough father thing to say. Even though Magneto’s not his father, he’s a father figure. If you really look at the psychology of Scott and all the stuff with his family and Xavier, he’s kind of always had a father figure around. He’s always had someone around to be tough on him.
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