The X-Men‘s Cyclops is ridiculously afraid of one of his own allies – the mutant teleporter Magik. Cyclops is undoubtedly the X-Men’s greatest leader, a skilled tactician who has been responsible for countless tremendous victories. He has a knack for spotting ways to deal with the greatest threats, going so far as to say on one occasion he refused to admit he was reverting to Plan B, because that would mean there were only 26 plans.
It’s pretty hard to rattle Cyclops. Over the decades he’s served as a superhero, he’s clashed with gods and monsters, aliens and ancient entities. He’s one of a handful of beings to have hosted the Phoenix Force, he’s made decisions that could determine the fate of the entire mutant race, and on occasion, he’s been forced to give his life for Xavier’s Dream. There really aren’t many things that can make Cyclops afraid.
But New Mutants #25, by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Leandro Fernández, proved there is one of the X-Men Cyclops is justifiably afraid of. The issue sees Cyclops engage in a difficult conversation with the teleporter Magik, attempting to figure out whether or not he can trust her. Strikingly, he is only willing to have this potentially unpleasant talk when he has sufficient backup – no less than 15 X-Men waiting in the wings, including at least three who have since been confirmed as Omega level mutants.
Cyclops has good reason to be afraid of Illyana Rasputin. Magik may be the most powerful of all the X-Men. She’s not just a skilled teleporter, but also Sorceress Supreme of an entire dimension. She has grown even more dangerous in the years since New Mutants #25, because she has trained in the mystic arts under Doctor Strange himself, and is now even one of the teachers at the recently-established Strange Academy. Marvel is currently teasing the impending death of Doctor Strange, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Magik become his successor.
What’s more, Magik’s judgment is not always sound. In this case, she had actually engineered a conflict between the X-Men and the Elder Gods – potentially omnipotent beings including Shuma-Gorath and Chthon – who posed a threat to all of reality because she wanted to get a fragment of her soul back. Probably worse, she had absolutely no regret for risking all of creation itself – for if her plan had backfired, the entire world would have been destroyed. Not only is Magik powerful, she is also incredibly unpredictable, as Cyclops and the rest of the X-Men learned the hard way.