10Cyclops in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
If you ask any pre-film fan of the X-Men mythology, you’ll find that they have a mountain of things they dislike or disagree with when it comes to their favorite mutants in the film universe. Whether its veering so far away from the source material or the odd interpretations
of the appearances of beloved characters, one thing that can easily be agreed upon among card-collecting, comic-book hording X-Men fanatics is the lack of screen time afforded to Scott Summers (James Marsden), aka Cyclops, across the franchise’s first three movies. While his death in X-Men: The Last Stand adds to the drama of the story, the manner of his death is an ugly cherry on top of a humiliating cake.
At the beginning of the film, poor Scott is still reeling from the death of his beloved Jean (Famke Janssen); but during a grief-inspired trip to the site of her death, she appears to emerge from nowhere, only to psychically explode him into nothingness. With all of the respect Cyclops receives on the page, it is jarring to see how haphazardly he is disposed of in Last Stand. He not only dies at the beginning of the movie, before the action really starts, but off-screen as well. The first of the X-Men and one of their greatest and most classic heroes, and his cinematic incarnation was given a throwaway death. Poor Scott.