Cyclops has the same hidden talent as a STRANGE amount of Marvel heroes

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I highlight at least five comic book story scenes / moments that fit a specific theme (basically things that happen frequently in comics). Please note that these lists are not inherently exhaustive. They are a list of five examples (every now and then I’ll be nice and throw in a sixth). Therefore, no instance is “missing” if it is not in the list. It’s just not one of the five examples I chose.

Today, we look at the surprisingly varied number of Marvel superheroes who are supernaturally good at pool!


Scott Summers, the mutant known as Cyclops, is the only one on this list where his billiard skill is expressly built into his powers (okay, I guess Daredevil would count too). You see, over the years, we’ve seen Cyclops bounce his force beam off objects and cause him to hit other people and finally in X-Men # 124 (by John Byrne, Chris Claremont, and Terry Austin), We learned that part of The Power of Cyclops (which he later perfected over the years through extensive Danger Room practice) is a superhuman ability to instantly calculate trajectories and spatial geometry when he needs to, so he knows where to shoot his blast to bounce across a room and hit many objects with a single blast. Even after briefly retiring to get married, he showed off those rebounding skills again in Uncanny X-Men # 199 (by Claremont, John Romita Jr., and Dan Green) in a Danger Room training session (where Wolverine even makes a point by pointing out that he wouldn’t want to play pool against Cyclops).

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In Uncanny X-Men # 144 (by Claremont, Brent Anderson, and Josef Rubinstein), we see Cyclops use that ability to play pool for the first time, using his optical beams to hit the cue ball (by the way, how does he know? no one is looking if their eyes are closed?) …

Later, Claremont would use that same group trick as a quick establishment of Cyclops’ abilities in the X-Men / Teen Titans crossover (which was drawn by Walter Simonson and Terry Austin). I don’t think I’ve seen Cyclops play pool WITHOUT his powers, but it stands to reason that the same basic principles apply and that his inherent knowledge of trajectories and spatial geometry apply.


The other hero on this list who could be argued to have a superhuman ability to play pool well would also be Matt Murdock, the hero known as Daredevil, who was given superhuman abilities in the same accident that left him blind as a child. He acquired a special “radar sense” that allowed him to jump, throw, and hit things with astonishing precision. As I stated in an old When We First Met, Daredevil has also been bouncing his billy club weapon over the years with the same kind of shocking precision that Cyclops does with his optical beams, so it stands to reason that Daredevil has a similar weapon. power to Cyclops.

In fact, we see this in action in Daredevil: Yellow # 3 (by Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, and Matt Hollingsworth), where Matt shows a bunch of idiots in a bar playing pool perfectly while pulling Helen Keller pranks to show that he has them. listened. everything and yet it does not faze him …

That scene was later adapted into the Marvel Netflix Daredevil series (which recently won our 12th annual DC / Marvel tournament, as this year’s theme was the DC / Marvel live-action television series).


This one is tricky as I don’t really know what to call it, but I think it could be argued that somehow, when Steve Rogers received the Super Soldier Serum, which made him the hero known as Captain America, it wasn’t just his physical abilities. improved, but perhaps he gained a similar superhuman ability to calculate trajectories and spatial geometry just like Cyclops, as Captain America can make the shield bounce back towards him just like Cyclops’ optical beams and Daredevil’s clubs. However, as I wrote in a Comic Book Questions Answered, the “official” position that Captain America can bounce his shield perfectly is that he has trained a lot over the years (and this was partially demonstrated by the fact that Hawkeye was ALSO able to bounce the shield perfectly once, proving it’s not just something Cap can do.)

However, regardless of whether it is a superhuman ability or just a skill that he has honed over the years, naturally, that same ability has made Cap really good at billiards, which Mark Waid, Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson established. in Captain America # 697, as they even show the shield material in the background to show WHY he’s so good at billiards, to connect the dots for slow people in the crowd …


Well, now we are in those where there is no inherent explanation for why they are SO good at billiards.

In infamous Avengers # 200 (by Jim Shooter, George Perez, Dan Green, Bob Layton, and David Michelinie), as the Avengers wait for Carol Danvers to give birth to a brainwashed boy into having sex with him and I let her get soaked in, well, him, Hawkeye and Beast are playing pool. Hawkeye, naturally, is really good at billiards as he’s a shooter and has played it a lot since his carnival days (later we see him pressuring a pool hustler based on Jackie Gleason’s pool hustler character in the movie, The Hustler, in Captain America # 401 by Mark Gruenwald, Rik Levins, and Danny Bulanadi), but not as good as the BEAST, due to the mutant hero’s knowledge of trajectories and spatial geometry, even if he has to use one calculator to do it. …


The strangest on this list is Pietro Maximoff, the hero known as Quicksilver, whom we see playing pool with his former X-Factor colleague Havok in All-New X-Factor # 3 (by Peter David, Carmine Di Giandomenico and Lee Loughridge). There are several billiard balls left on the table, when suddenly, in a super fast shot, Quicksilver sinks them all …

I don’t understand how superspeed translates to being really, really good at billiards, and you might also wonder how hitting the billiard ball at superspeed would cause billiard balls to travel at superspeed too, but hey, superspeed never makes sense in the comics, so everything is fine.

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