The demographics of comic readers shifted. While it used to be one of children and teenagers, its become more of adults who never outgrew their heroes. As comic fans grew up into responsible adults, they could begin identifying with the responsible character. No longer were they idolizing the cool guy who did what he wanted and had nothing to lose, but the guy who had to carry the burden on his shoulders.>>95314865
Cyclops is as weak as any mere mortal. He just has eyes that shoot lasers or punches. He is not super strong, doesn't have a healing factor, he doesn't have unbreakable skin or bones. He dies and gets hurt like anyone else.>>95315065
Also this. Many people can relate to the world trying to tear them down, and they see exactly that in the more recent Cyclops stories. >>95315669
But their publisher does.>>95316478
Not exactly, since all the characters were meeting their replacements, not their younger selves.
Still, it would have been interesting to see an older militarized Cyclops showing his younger self some lessons on tactics, preparedness, and back up plans. At the same time, we would get to see the younger idealist show just how far the elder strayed from the original dream.