Any list of famous superhero couples would have to include Cyclops and Jean Grey, and they would be near the top of that list. Separately, they’re fairly uninteresting characters, but once the Dark Phoenix entered their lives and their relationship is tested, they became a fascinating couple, and unfortunately we were robbed of that dynamic in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Director Bryan Singer is going to get another shot at it though by showing the beginnings of their love story in X-Men: Apocalypse, and he revealed to EW where both characters are when we meet them in the film:
“In the beginning, she’s the last thing he’s interested in,” explains director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past). “When he first comes to the mansion, Scott’s blind so he can’t see her. Suddenly he gets some glasses and now he can see her and he’s like ‘Oh! That’s Jean Grey.’ Both of them are misfits in a way. Other mutants have settled in with their powers. This is all new to Scott Summers and he doesn’t like it and he doesn’t like school. And Jean she has not only has her telekenisis and her telepathy but she also knows inherently that something darker and more powerful is growing inside her and she doesn’t quite know what it is.”
So it looks like Singer’s take on Dark Phoenix is that it’s a dark source of power (and again, a secondary mutation rather than something extraterrestrial like in the comics), but Professor X isn’t telepathically repressing this young Jean. I’m excited to see the chemistry Tye Sheridan and Sophie Turner have together since their characters work best as a couple and if this will finally get us to the Dark Phoenix saga done right. Or they could botch it again and have Cyclops blown to smithereens.