Canonically, Cyclops's optic blast causes a concussive blast while there is no noticeable opposed force on his face as some sort of recoil. Does this mean that he could use his optic blasts as some form of propulsion?

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    Yes, Cyclops can fly, but not with his optic blasts: He levitates off the ground by pulling on his shoelaces. – neilfein Mar 22 '13 at 3:03
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    Voting to migrate to What-If XKCD – DVK-on-Ahch-To Mar 22 '13 at 3:44
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    Doesn't Banshee fly this way? It would make sense to me. Unless he/she doesn't. Then it don't. – Thom Brannan Mar 22 '13 at 4:06
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    @Compro01: well, suspension of disbelief is one thing, but flat-out ignoring stuff like the conservation of momentum makes that hard, especially when it's not even consistent (see Stan's answer). – Michael Borgwardt Mar 22 '13 at 15:48
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    @DVK: what's the standard acronym for "get out of my head, DVK"? – Martha Mar 22 '13 at 18:51

Cyclop's eyes (in later canon) are actually interdimensional portals, gateways to a dimension full of this strange concussive energy. When his eyes are open this energy will continuously spill out if not blocked by a special quartz lens as in his visor or his sunglasses, which will nullify it, same thing with his body like hands and eyelids. Since the force does not actually originate from his head, Cyclops doesn't feel any recoil and can use his beams to apply as much force as he can muster on any object without affecting himself. It's thus entirely possible for him to apply a force to an object that he holds and fly away with it.


I don't know that I would call it true flight, but in the classic X-Men issue #53 (1969), Cyclops propels himself into the air for short distances by aiming his optic blasts at the ground.

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    So...a non-damaging rocket jump? – Jeff Mar 26 '13 at 20:51

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