X-Men: All 6 Cyclops actors ranked from worst to best

The leader of the X-Men, Cyclops is one of Marvel's most popular (and yet underrated) characters. But which of the actors to play him delivered the best performance?

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DF-00100 – Tye Sheridan is Scott Summers/Cyclops in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Photo Credit: Alan Markfield. /

4. Tye Sheridan

Appeared in: X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2

When the Fox movie franchise decided to take a trip into the past and explore how the X-Men came to be, we got the chance to see how Scott Summers joined the fray. That came in 2016 outing X-Men: Apocalypse and Tye Sheridan was the actor ultimately chosen to bring the young Cyclops to life.

Sheridan had quite the commanding screen presence right from the off, producing a more serious performance that grounded the character with some unexpected gravity. It was different, but it worked, mostly because Sheridan is a heck of an actor who wasted little time grabbing your attention with his performance - qualities we like in a future leader of the X-Men.

The setback here was the quality of the movies that he appeared in. Apocalypse had potential but never really lived up to it as a whole, while Dark Phoenix completely squandered it. And through it all, Scott found himself overlooked and forced into the background once again, undercutting the great performance that Sheridan delivered.

3. Kirby Morrow

Appeared in: X-Men: Evolution

X-Men: Evolution took a different approach to the X-Men lore, switching things up from what we were used to seeing on-screen. The titular team were teenagers when they became heroes, which quickly allowed the show to set itself apart from other X-Men adaptations (which is pretty ironic as the early comics actually portrayed them as teenagers, too).

Youth was a big part of that show and its voice cast understood the assignment; none more so than the late, great Kirby Morrow who voiced Cyclops. Scott was so effortlessly earnest, charming even, that you could sense those leadership qualities he was known for long before he became the frontman of the X-Men. And whenever he spoke, you wanted to spend more time with him just so that you could get to know him better.

Thankfully, X-Men: Evolution is a rare example of an X-Men adaptation that actually allowed that to happen, as Cyclops never felt like he was pushed too far into the background of the show. He was an important member of the team, and this is one of the few adaptations that actually treated him as such. Morrow's confident and endearing performance had a lot to do with that, because Scott finally had main character energy.