I have been wanting to get into the civil war for a while now. Where should I start? I understand that it is a lot of issues/books and I'm not a big comic book guy so I can't make sense of it all.
I have also heard tell that Cyclops is currently the most important character in the Marvel Universe. Clops has always been my favorite from Marvel, so I would love to get into some reads about him too.
Cyclops isn't really the most important character in the Marvel universe right now. That honor goes to Norman Osborn. But Cyclops has some good recent moments in Messiah Complex, Manifest Destiny, and especially Astonishing X-Men. All of those are available in trades.
Like, I wouldn't be surprised if half the heroes in the MU had never heard of Cyclops, that's how insignificant he is in the grand scheme of things.
Basicaly this. Morrison's New X-men segways to Josh Whedon's Astonishing X-men pretty seamlessly and both feature Cyclops heavily. That'll give you a decent backbone for any of the other X-men stories out there,a fair number of which feature Cyclops prominently.