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Marvel Confirms The X-Men’s Cyclops Is Greater Than Captain America

This article contains SPOILERS for X-Men #14!The Progenitor has judged both Cyclops of the X-Men and Captain America, and it turns out that Marvel‘s newest Celestial finds more value in Scott Summers than Steve Rogers. Everyone on Earth has found themselves under the gaze of the Celestial known as the in Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti’s A.X.E.: Judgment Day event. Captain America was the first to receive a verdict, and his failure hailed bad tidings for the rest of the world. However, the Progenitor works in mysterious ways, and Cyclops just outdid Steve by passing judgment.


Even as more and more people are visited by the Progenitor, their standards for judgment are still mysterious and appear to vary on a case by case basis. One thing is clear, which is that a person’s intentions, actions, and the associated outcomes of those acts are all factors in the Celestial’s deliberation. This is clear in Captain America’s judgment in A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 by Kieron Gillen, Valerio Schiti, Marte Gracia, and Clayton Cowles. There, the Progenitor cites Steve Roger’s inability to make America into the just and righteous place he wants it to be as evidence of his complacency with the world’s state of disorder, and therefore turns his thumb down to Captain America.

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Scott Summer’s one-on-one with the Progenitor occurs in Gerry Duggan, C.F. Villa, VC’s Clayton Cowles, and Jordan D. White’s X-Men #14. Cyclops declares to the newborn Celestial, “I will be judged, but I don’t recognize your authority … The only person who can judge me is my wife, Jean Grey … Maybe I’d also take a scolding from my teammates, the X-Men.” Cyclops turns to leave without even waiting for a response. Throughout their encounter, the Progenitor is clearly shocked and intrigued by Cyclops’ behavior. After overcoming their speechlessness, the Celestial judges Scott as a success. In the end, Cyclops seems less concerned with the outcome of his trial as long it doesn’t further disturb his work with the X-Men.

Neither Cyclops Nor Captain America Respect Marvel’s Space Gods

The leader of the Avengers and the leader of the X-Men may not have received the same verdict, but both men claim to put no value in the Progenitor’s judgment. However, Scott’s success and Steve’s failure creates an interesting dichotomy between Scott and Steve. Perhaps this part of what inspires Captain America to readjust his view of Cyclops. Either way, the verdicts that each receives are odd when the men are compared to each other. Notably, Steve Rogers is a man of great moral integrity, while Scott is a man of many mistakes. In particular, Cyclops argues that Jean Grey is only one with the authority to judge him, but his first wife Madelyne Pryor would certainly disagree.

If fans are worried that Scott Summers’ judgment is incomplete they need only wait a short time until Madelyn Pryor returns for Dark Web, the upcoming Spider-Man/X-Men crossover. Before that day comes, Cyclops certainly has his hands full leading the X-Men through the rest of A.X.E.: Judgment Day. Both Scott and Steve are doing what they can to save the world from the Progenitor, but only one shifts the balance in Earth’s favor simply by existing. In the eyes of Marvel‘s space deity Cyclops is greater than Captain America, but even that may not be enough to save everyone before this event is through.

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X-Men #14 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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