Cyclops once made an incredibly cruel insult to Wolverine about Jean Gray that cut deep, showing that no one really knows the X-Men hero better.
During their many years on the X-Men, Wolverine and Cyclops have been enemies, as their love for Jean Gray has often brought them into conflict. However, in X-Men: Schism from Marvel Comics, in the midst of a deadly conflict where the two heroes disagreed on how to handle a Sentinel, Scott Summers insulted Logan with a beard so cruel it had to hurt the anti- hero. In the process, it showed how Cyclops knows Wolverine better than most mutants.
In the pages of Marvel Comics, Wolverine and Cyclops have always had a complicated relationship. Cyclops prides himself on being a leader who wants to actively participate in protecting mutants and the X-Men. Cyclops can be cold and analytical at times, a stark contrast to Wolverine. Logan is a much more emotional hero who doesn’t actively seek to be a decision maker for the X-Men, but is willing to put his body on the line to protect mutants. While Cyclops wants to teach young mutants, Wolverine does so reluctantly, even though he has proven to be an effective mentor. Their differing philosophies in dealing with a powerful thread once led to an incredibly cruel insult from Cyclops that cut Wolverine to his heart.
In X-Men: Schism #4 by Jason Aaron, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Jason Keith, and Jared Fletcher, the X-Men’s former Utopia base was under attack by a super-sentinel created by former Hellfire Club leader Kade Kilgore. As the Sentinel miraculously constructs its body out of nearby debris and buildings, Cyclops and a group of child and teenage X-Men end up being the last line of defense against the giant robot leveling Utopia. However, Wolverine disagreed with Scott, as he felt it was wrong for children to fight the mighty Sentinel, as he planted bombs around Utopia to force an evacuation. After Wolverine berated Cyclops for using children as weapons, he insulted the clawed hero by saying that Jean Gray “never liked you, you know”, and took things further by telling her “you have always been scary.”
Wolverine’s reaction says it all, as he clenches his jaw and looks hurt at Cyclops’ words. He puts together an answer, asking Scott who Jean would be most afraid of in the situation. For Wolverine, Cyclops telling him Jean was scared of him must be devastating, as he often struggles to prove he’s a man, not an animal. Wolverine really tries his best to ward off his animal side, so Cyclops insulting him by saying that Jean is scared of him hits his anxieties about who he is the hardest.
The conflict between Cyclops and Wolverine showed that the X-Men heroes are like brothers, because they know how to push each other. In this case, Cyclops’ insult about Jean hurt Wolverine, as he knew exactly how to hurt her feelings by telling her she was afraid of him. Same Cyclopswho fought Wolverine for Jean Gray’s affection over the years, must have felt bad for throwing such a hurtful insult at Wolverine.
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