I really doubt they would have made a big last-ditch push in this film to have the audience switch loyalties and root for Cyclops all of a sudden. Even if he was in the movie the way the fans wanted him to be, he would still only seem like a character who needed a love interest to be interesting. Wolverine was always the big man in these movies. Check out the advertising. Check out the spin-off plans. Cyclops doesn't come close... Which is too bad, because James Marsden has all the chops and the looks to be just as successful in Hollywood. Poor guy can't land that big break-out role...whether he's Glenn Foy on Ally McBeal, or Cyclops...he don't get no love. On a seperate note, why does Xavier dying and Rogue taking the cure bother anyone? Xavier's death was a highlight of the picture, and really brought the story to another level. And it was handled so well. Can you really imagine a better death for this character in these movies without changing them? I really loved the idea (if not the horrific dialogue that explained it) of Xavier's complicity in restraining Jean all this time, rather than fully trusting her. He created the beast that is the Pheonix in that sense, which made his death a deserved one in some ways. Yes, he's still a good guy, but he invaded Jean and suppressed something in her, which is a violation. Never saw that coming in the storyline, and I liked it. And as for Rogue....picture, for one full minute, living your life unable to hug, kiss, handshake, caress, high five or otherwise make skin-to-skin contact...with ANYONE for your entire life. Can you really say her taking the Cure wasn't justified? I believed it. Now, I'll agree that making Kitty out to be a possible love-interest for Bobby felt a little ham-fisted, and that Rogue's screentime needed to be better used (not necessarily longer), but saying that the poor girl wouldn't jump at the chance to finally make contact with people, and in doing so, get that one thing she's always wanted - a sense of belonging? Babies need touch in order to survive. Adults get less and less of it as they grow older, but they need it even more. Her powers really are a nightmare. But script-wise much more could have been done in a far more interesting and clever way, yes.