In this reality, Sinister chose to subtly manipulate Cyclops' prospective adoptive parents, instead of killing them. This led to them abandoning their plans to adopt Cyclops, leading him to remain in the Orphanage with Sinister. Sinister later created his own mutant team, called the X-Men, as part of his ongoing manipulations of Cyclops. This team consisted of Cyclops, Malice, Sauron, Havok, and Sabretooth, whom Sinister hired to keep an eye on Cyclops and ensure that his plans went as they should.
Sinister engineered a final test to Cyclops' loyalties, having his X-Men come face to face with those of Charles Xavier. Cyclops and a member of Xavier's X-Men, Jean Grey, initially felt a connection to each other, and Jean began to sway Cyclops to join their side. Sinister also had the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants find and engage him in battle, forcing Cyclops to choose between him and Jean. Cyclops lingered with Jean for two long, leading Sinister to become mortally wounded. With his dying breath, he told Cyclops and Havok to join Xavier's X-Men, yet to secretly continue to pursue his own vision. Cyclops and Havok complied with his wishes.
Later, Sinister was seen emerging from his hideout, alive and well, declaring that the test had succeeded and Cyclops would forever be bound to him.
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