If there is another character in the X-Men franchise that had a less fulfilling arc than Rogue, then it’s Cyclops. Killed off for quite literally no reason in X-Men: The Last Stand, the character made a brief appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to seemingly calm fans down. The journey of Cyclops is something that could be quite fascinating on the big screen, especially if the stories of the previous films are considered canon.
There are a lot of highlights in the life of Cyclops. Living in Alaska as an orphan with superpowers, meeting Charles Xavier and forming a relationship that is almost a model for fathers and sons, falling in love with Jean Grey, and becoming the leader of the X-Men – that sounds like a good start to a solo movie if I’ve heard of one (and we’re just going to ignore the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine since it messed up so many other things itself).
Throughout all the talks of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, there has been no mention of James Marsden returning to the role. This is unfortunate because even though he doesn’t have a lot to work with in the later movies, he plays the role really well. Recasting the character is of course always an option, but when you’ve got someone that IS the character as far as audiences are concerned, you can always back up the money dump truck.