X-Men: The New Age (pgs.128-144) of 199Story by Eric Christopher Jackson
INT. WASHINGTON D.C. – WAR ROOM
Jim Slade and his staff are on the phones contacting as many representatives as possible to find out what’s going on in their countries. The new focus is London, England.
SLADE(on the phone)Yes, I’m sure! Military forces from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. We’re trying to confirm Syrian forces.(pause)There are countries that have combined their — I know, but we are already stretched thin. I cannot spare anymore aircraft.(pause)I’m sorry. Tell your men to look for mutant support in the area and fight along side of them.(pause)You stand a better chance with them than without them. They’re putting their lives on the line as well.(pause)Right, keep communications open as long as you can. Our satellite is still operational.
EXT. LONDON, ENGLAND STREETS – EVENING
Russian jet fighters are flying over head.
The ENGLISH GENERAL leads his military squad to something that caught his eye through his binoculars.
EXPLOSIONS can be heard throughout the city.
Light reflects off of metal from a figure in the air, which creates glares in the sky sporadically.
Finally, after a few street fights in closed quarters, the English soldiers arrive on the edge of an open area.
Above, Archangel is engaged with Russian military aircraft.
Below, Psylocke is leading stragglers to safety and fighting off ground forces with a squad from the English army.
The General surveys the situations, spotting enemy snipers on the roofs of buildings. He motions for his men to split up and go into strategic positions. The noise is deafening. They move out.
LONDON SKY
Archangel was once named the “Angel of Death” by Apocalypse. Although the enemy’s aircraft are fast and larger than he is, his wings are deadly weapons in the sky. With the aid of England’s Air Force, Archangel battled the enemy fighters.
One comes straight for him, FIRING away. He encloses his wings tightly around him as BULLETS RING off of his metal wings. As the aircraft passes by, he opens his wings, slicing off one of the jet fighter’s wings.
The AIRCRAFT spins in the air, EXPLODING as it hits the ground. Archangel continues this move while FIRING razor-sharp PROJECTILES at enemy fighters ripping off pieces of the wings, so the pilots were unable to control their aircraft.
Suddenly, an enemy fighter locks onto him and fires a missile. Archangel pulls his wings close to him which allows him to fly at a high rate of speed.
The missile closes in and Archangel heads directly for another enemy plane. The enemy catches sight of Archangel and tries to steer out of the way. But as Archangel whips by, the missile hits the enemy CRAFT and EXPLODES.
Another enemy craft is directly in front of him before he knows it. But a friendly fires a missile destroying it. The EXPLOSION knocks Archangel back. He regains his control just before falling into a piece of roof on a high building.
GROUND AREA
In the meantime, Psylocke decides to go hunting with the General’s squad. His men found their positions and FIRE on enemy snipers along with other groups trying to advance downtown.
ENGLISH GENERALKeep them away from the Parliament!
Suddenly, a rocket flies into the area EXPLODING behind the soldiers. Everyone ducks for cover, except for Psylocke, who has a reputation for not having any fear. She runs through the open area straight for the building the rocket was shot from.
SOLDIERCover fire!
ENGLISH GENERALCover fire!
The soldiers shoot enemies in the distance who stand up to get a shot on Psylocke. Her hand lights up as she makes psychic knives and throws them through a window giving her a clear path to jump through.
ENGLISH GENERAL (CONT’D)Is she crazy?! Move! Move! Move! We cannot lose her!
In waves, the men advance forward, those stalling behind give cover fire for them. The first wave blast through the door to find Psylocke.
INT. ABANDONED BUILDING
Long blade in one hand, psychic knife in the other, she takes out enemy soldiers left and right, finally ducking when shots ring out from the stairway.
She becomes furious, throws her blade into the ceiling, grabs it and with the other hand, cuts a hole in the floor to get through.
The General knows what she is up to. He begins shooting at the ceiling startling the enemy soldiers up their.
SECOND FLOOR
Psylocke catches them off guard, throwing psychic knives, three, four at a time. The soldiers below rushed upstairs now that the stairway is clear. They find the enemy ducking for cover away from Psylocke and take them out.
More explosions are heard outside and the ground begins to shake as if an earthquake were happening. They look out of broken windows to see Pyro setting buildings on fire and Avalanche…EXT. WORLDWIDE
On the battlefields, it was clear. The countries of Russia, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, India, China, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan had joined their military forces across the globe. Their missiles and gunfire streak across the sky. Anti-Missile guns fire back. More explosions, more deafening noise.EXT. GERMAN/POLAND BORDER – EVENING
Toad and Blob stand near the front of the battle. No one can stop the Blob. Toad grabs men with his tongue, crushing their bodies and tossing them out of the way.
The German army tries to hold their ground, but the Blob is taking whatever ammunition they throw at him. The enemy army slowly, but surely, breaks through the Poland frontline.
Toad leaps forward to grab another soldier when a flash goes by him, knocking him to the ground. He leaps up, looking around, but sees nothing unusual.
Another flash, then another goes by knocking him back and forth into a daze. Then, he is kicked to the ground. Toad looks up to see QuickSilver standing there for a brief moment. Gunfire comes and QuickSilver quickly moved out of the way.
The Blob stumbles over knocking men aside holding a barrel of a tank.
Red light surrounds him, he looks at his hands to see what is going on. He is lifting into the air slightly and is thrust back about 20 yards. The Scarlet Witch is holding onto an armored vehicle riding to the scene.
POLAND MILITARY BASE
The vehicle comes to a stop. QuickSilver suddenly stands at her side as she drops down.
QUICKSILVERBe careful.
SCARLET WITCHYou too.
After a quick hug, QuickSilver is gone.
POLAND/GERMAN BORDER
Back at the frontline. QuickSilver dodges gunfire, shrapnel, Toad, and the Blob, who has a hard time keeping up.
The enemy begins FIRING concussion blasts, which stun QuickSilver, knocking him off his feet.
Toad leaps over to him quickly, wrapping his tongue around his neck. QuickSilver leaps up, pulls Toad to him with his tongue, and nails him in the face with his elbow. Toad slings him to the ground twice with his tongue. Then, QuickSilver throws a rapid succession of punches and kicks.
A bomb exploding near them makes Toad let go of QuickSilver’s neck. While QuickSilver is dazed on the ground an enemy approaches to shoot him.
Scarlet Witch makes the weapon fall apart in his hands. She runs up to him, punch, two kicks, lifts him up in the air and throws him back as hard as she can into a tank advancing forward.
The tank shoots at her, but QuickSilver sweeps her off her feet and runs away from the area before the explosion. The impact knocks them forward.
The Polish, German army gives them cover fire as the enemy line advances.
Another explosion, a wave hits the defense system. They know if they fall back even more, the enemy will destroy the system from long range and overtake them all.EXT. X-MANSION DRIVEWAY – DAY
BISHOP (LUCAS BISHOP) is out of his vehicle beginning to walk towards the door, when CABLE (NATHAN SUMMERS) drives up recklessly stopping by the front of the door. He hops out. Jubilee opens the door.
JUBILEEHey guys!
BISHOPWhy are we here?!
CABLEThis better be good!
JUBILEENice to see you, too!
She dismissing them with a wave and walks off.
JUBILEE (CONT’D)He’s in there.
FOYER
Professor Xavier comes around the corner.
PROFESSOR XAVIERThank you both for coming!
CABLEShort notice!
BISHOPWe’re in the middle of World War III!
PROFESSOR XAVIERI know, Lucas, that’s why I called. I need your help.
CABLEWith what?!
PROFESSOR XAVIERCome with me!
They head down to the sub-basement.
WAR ROOM
Cable and Bishop follow the Professor.
PROFESSOR XAVIERDifferent fronts of the war are being covered on television, of course. But I’ve found something very interesting. Look here.
Images appear on the monitor.
BISHOPThe frontlines?
PROFESSOR XAVIERYes. The same heavy security.
CABLEProfessor, it’s the frontline.
PROFESSOR XAVIERLook at the missiles being shot down by the ground-to-air defense system.
CABLEXavier –
XAVIER— Look, Nathan!
CABLE(pause)The special technology is in the warheads. I know.
BISHOPAll long range. You think their hiding the missile launchers?
PROFESSOR XAVIERMost of the normal missiles may only have a small amount of this destructive material. Not enough to win a non-nuclear war. These large warheads are the real threat! They don’t want to make them vulnerable on a battlefield.
CABLEThey may have a large supply, but they don’t want to waste it.
BISHOPIf the facility they’re launching them from gets hit, the explosion will ignite the entire area and they’re precious material will be gone up in smoke.
PROFESSOR XAVIERExactly. However, the mid-air explosions from these warheads have been so massive, no one can consistently get close to the launching sites.
CABLEGreat.
PROFESSOR XAVIERBut that’s not all, Nathan. I’ve been looking over this as well.
CABLEThe day we voted.
More images covered the monitors.
PROFESSOR XAVIERThe investigators found this blue wiring in the buildings on the west coast, but they did not explode like those on the east coast. No one’s been able to figure out why.
BISHOPYou have?
PROFESSOR XAVIERThis energy came from somewhere, or someone.
BISHOPI heard the U.N. technicians cooked it up.
PROFESSOR XAVIERThey invented the material to contain the energy, but not the energy itself. It’s beyond anything we’ve seen before.
BEAST(enters the War Room)I’ve come closer to discovering the origin of this “energy!”(pause)My apologies for interrupting, gentlemen.
PROFESSOR XAVIERWhat have you found out, Hank?!
Beast plugs a sample into the War Room computer, a projection appears in the middle of the room.
BEASTThis is fascinating, but a deadly energy as well. Highly unstable when it’s not contained properly.
PROFESSOR XAVIERIs this from a mutant, Hank?
BEASTUnfortunately, it is. However, this mutant is stronger, more powerful than most others. I cannot find a match for this in my database.
CABLEWait a minute. Look familiar, Lucas?
BISHOPCheck it.
BEASTYes, perhaps this energy was recorded by your system’s database.
Cable takes the sample, plugs it into the computer on his forearm, the database runs.
COMPUTERSearching. Searching. Searching. Found.
CABLEWhere did you get this sample from, Hank?!
BEASTThe U.S. military was kind enough to share information with me. They came in contact with this substance. One of Jim Slade’s staff was killed by a weapon using this energy.
CABLERosenburg.
BISHOPSo, that’s how they did it!
PROFESSOR XAVIERWhat did you find?
CABLEThis substance is from a new mutation.
BISHOPMutants made of this solid energy.
CABLEHard to kill or even knock off their feet.
BISHOPThey would’ve taken over if their kind didn’t fall into a civil war. No one else could stop them once their power reached its full potential.
BEASTWhat are you thinking, Professor?
PROFESSOR XAVIERThat is exactly what must’ve happened on the west coast. Another mutant with this energy stopped those explosions.
CABLETheir race may be on the rise –
BISHOP— But they’re conserving energy. It must not be many of them around yet! The mutant must be hiding until he reaches full power.
PROFESSOR XAVIER(to Bishop)I’m going to need you and Nathan to be ready at a moment’s notice to track down the mutant who stands in opposition to the source. This person is the only one who can help the world survive these attacks!
BEASTHow can I help?
PROFESSOR XAVIERContinue to study this sample. Perhaps there’s a weakness we don’t know of.
BISHOP(to Cable)Let’s go, I’m ready to shut this guy down!
CABLEWait!(to Professor Xavier)Professor, we’ll be taking some extra gear. I feel like we’re going to need it.
PROFESSOR XAVIERVery well, and thank you.
They wave that off and Beat follows them out of the room.
Professor Xavier grabs his helmet to Cerebro to search for the source of the energy when Jubilee walks in with a platter.
JUBILEEHey, I made you some lunch, when you’re ready to take a break. You do “eat” right?
PROFESSOR XAVIEROf course, thank you.
JUBILEEYeah, well, I still feel bad –
PROFESSOR XAVIER— I know.
JUBILEEYou’ve always been there for me and –
PROFESSOR XAVIER— Jubilee, the “X” on your uniform didn’t make you an X-Man. It was the way you stood for what was right. As long as you continue to do this, you will never let me down.
A huge smile comes on her face. She hugs Xavier.
JUBILEEI’ll let you get back to work.(begins to leave)I’m in the living room if you need me!
Xavier gives a smile at her light-hearted attitude, then puts on the helmet to Cerebro to continue his search.EXT. NYC STREETS – DAY
All the regular traffic is blocked off. People are told to continue to stay indoors. A military convoy is still on the move.
INT. MILITARY TRANSPORT
Inside one of the armored vehicles, two soldiers discuss the mission objective.
SOLDIERWhy are we moving her through New York City?
SOLDIER #2We have orders.
SOLDIERIt doesn’t make sense!
SOLDIER #2Our forces are spread out along the coast. We had to get her outta Washington, D.C. and link up to the closest military squad possible. The most equipped was already here in New York, a short trip away. We didn’t want an air transfer. Too easy to get shot down.
SOLDIERThis is taking a long time though.
SOLDIER #2We did make it up here.
SOLDIERWhat are we going to do with her?
SOLDIER #2Keep her contained until further orders. She can’t trick anyone while she’s locked up.
INT. NYC CONDO – LIVING ROOM – DAY
Scott and Jean sit and talk through their feelings.
JEAN GREYWill you relax?!
CYCLOPSI am relaxed!
JEAN GREYNo, you’re not!
CYCLOPSYou want me to be at peace while the whole world’s falling apart?!
JEAN GREYThat’s not what I mean!(pause)We made a decision to do what’s best for our family.
CYCLOPSWe are, but, these people are trying to take over the globe. Why does this have to happen –
JEAN GREY— right now.
CYCLOPSI want to help. I just don’t know how.
JEAN GREYWe’re used to being on the frontlines, leading the way.
Jean Grey slides over on the couch and Scott embraces her, as they look at the horrible news on television. Teary-eyed as they begin to see other X-Men fighting on the battlefields. They get off the couch staring at the television. Jean Grey goes into the bedroom, Scott stays, staring at the screen. Jean Grey comes back to the living room caring sneakers and a jacket.
CYCLOPSJean –
JEAN GREY— We have to do something!
CYCLOPSBut you know this isn’t a good idea!
JEAN GREYI thought we could run away, Scott. But our friends need our help!
CYCLOPSWhat if something happens to you, to the baby?!
JEAN GREYI won’t be the only pregnant woman fighting in a war, look at them!
Silence.
JEAN GREY (CONT’D)I’m no better than they are…
Scott turns around and slams his hands on the kitchen counter extension. Ready to go, Jean walks over, putting her hand on his back.
JEAN GREY (CONT’D)You are a great husband and father. If you really want to protect us –
CYCLOPS— I have to put your life in jeopardy?!
JEAN GREYOur lives are already in jeopardy.
BEDROOM
Scott walks away, to the bedroom, putting on his shoes, grabbing his jacket. He walks to Jean standing in the bedroom doorway.
CYCLOPSI’m not going to lose you.
JEAN GREYI’m not losing you, either.
They kiss and embrace. As they walk through the living room the ground rumbles. They pause.
CYCLOPSWhat was that?!
JEAN GREYOh no. I sense –
CYCLOPS— An attack?
JEAN GREYThe Juggernaut.
CYCLOPSLet’s go, I’ll call Professor Xavier on the way.
They hurry out the door.EXT. NYC STREETS
The army convoy is at a halt. It’s the JUGGERNAUT (CAIN MARKO), running through the street.
The soldiers’ bullets bounce off of him. They run for cover as he charges at them. Punching the ground, it causes rips in the asphalt. Armored vehicles drive by firing powerful rounds of ammo at him, but nothing effects him.
This only angers him more. He picks up a car, throwing it towards the vehicles. They drive away to avoid being knocked off the road. A few soldiers find cover, load, and launch rockets at Juggernaut, but the impact, at best, knocks him off balance.
With a growl, he grabs more cars, tossing them towards the soldiers, the CARS EXPLODE on impact. He runs to a convoy vehicle, lifting it off the road by the rear with one hand, ripping through the armor plating with the other hand, tossing the bay door back down the street, soldiers run to dodge it. Juggernaut looks inside the vehicle, then tossing it aside…
SOLDIERWe have to slow this guy down!
The soldier runs over to an armored vehicle, starts it up, and heads straight for Juggernaut. At full speed, he angles the vehicle, and jumps out before it hits the side of a convoy transport, launches into the air, coming down towards Juggernaut.
But Juggernaut grins, pulls his arm back and punches the vehicle back in the opposite direction, EXPLODING as it hits the ground.
INT. MILITARY TRANSPORT
Mystique is encased in glass and steel, soldiers are on-guard as hands come through the middle of the bay door, ripping it in half.
The Juggernaut looks up, soldiers began to fire, he throws half of the bay door at them. They duck, but the door slams into the front wall, landing on top of them. He begins ripping the transport apart making room for him to walk to Mystique.
Grabbing the case, his hand crushes the glass and metal which falls to the floor.
Kicking away the last parts of the case, Mystique jumps out, but a hot red optic blast streaks passed her head.
Cyclops and Jean Grey stand in the distance. Mystique grabs some of the weapons in the transport and began firing back at them.
JUGGERNAUTI should have known the X-Men wouldn’t stay out of this!
Another optic blast hits Juggernaut knocking him back a few steps further than normal.
JUGGERNAUT (CONT’D)A little more power than before, huh? Well, you still can’t stop me!
He charges at Cyclops.
Mystique jumps to the top of the transport’
CYCLOPS(to Jean Grey)Follow her! Don’t lose your link to her mind!
Jean Grey leaps off the ground flying through the air as Mystique changes form into a National Guard soldier.
U.S. General Wade Peterson calls out to his men.
PETERSONBackup Jean Grey. Don’t lose track of her!
Juggernaut picks up the rest of the transport and throws it at Cyclops, who responds by firing his optic blast, pushing the transport into Juggernaut.
An armored vehicle drives by and Cyclops jumps on. They drive away from Juggernaut.
CYCLOPSWe have to get him outta the city!
SOLDIER #2How do we stop him?!
CYCLOPSWe have to get his helmet off! Any reinforcements?!
SOLDIER #2Most of the F/22s are patrolling Washington D.C. They may give us two at best!
The armored vehicle dashes to the side to avoid a car landing on it and Cyclops blast another car coming through the air at them as Juggernaut takes his shots.
CYCLOPSWhat about carrier planes?!
SOLDIER #2You wanna transport him?!
CYCLOPSThey have the biggest caliber weapons!
SOLDIER #2I got you, sir! Two are stationed at the airport!
CYCLOPSWe’ll need both of them!
TO BE CONTINUED…

X-Men: The New Age (pgs.128-144) of 199
Story by Eric Christopher Jackson

INT. WASHINGTON D.C. – WAR ROOM

Jim Slade and his staff are on the phones contacting as many representatives as possible to find out what’s going on in their countries. The new focus is London, England.

SLADE
(on the phone)
Yes, I’m sure! Military forces from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. We’re trying to confirm Syrian forces.
(pause)
There are countries that have combined their — I know, but we are already stretched thin. I cannot spare anymore aircraft.
(pause)
I’m sorry. Tell your men to look for mutant support in the area and fight along side of them.
(pause)
You stand a better chance with them than without them. They’re putting their lives on the line as well.
(pause)
Right, keep communications open as long as you can. Our satellite is still operational.

EXT. LONDON, ENGLAND STREETS – EVENING

Russian jet fighters are flying over head.

The ENGLISH GENERAL leads his military squad to something that caught his eye through his binoculars.

EXPLOSIONS can be heard throughout the city.

Light reflects off of metal from a figure in the air, which creates glares in the sky sporadically.

Finally, after a few street fights in closed quarters, the English soldiers arrive on the edge of an open area.

Above, Archangel is engaged with Russian military aircraft.

Below, Psylocke is leading stragglers to safety and fighting off ground forces with a squad from the English army.

The General surveys the situations, spotting enemy snipers on the roofs of buildings. He motions for his men to split up and go into strategic positions. The noise is deafening. They move out.

LONDON SKY

Archangel was once named the “Angel of Death” by Apocalypse. Although the enemy’s aircraft are fast and larger than he is, his wings are deadly weapons in the sky. With the aid of England’s Air Force, Archangel battled the enemy fighters.

One comes straight for him, FIRING away. He encloses his wings tightly around him as BULLETS RING off of his metal wings. As the aircraft passes by, he opens his wings, slicing off one of the jet fighter’s wings.

The AIRCRAFT spins in the air, EXPLODING as it hits the ground. Archangel continues this move while FIRING razor-sharp PROJECTILES at enemy fighters ripping off pieces of the wings, so the pilots were unable to control their aircraft.

Suddenly, an enemy fighter locks onto him and fires a missile. Archangel pulls his wings close to him which allows him to fly at a high rate of speed.

The missile closes in and Archangel heads directly for another enemy plane. The enemy catches sight of Archangel and tries to steer out of the way. But as Archangel whips by, the missile hits the enemy CRAFT and EXPLODES.

Another enemy craft is directly in front of him before he knows it. But a friendly fires a missile destroying it. The EXPLOSION knocks Archangel back. He regains his control just before falling into a piece of roof on a high building.

GROUND AREA

In the meantime, Psylocke decides to go hunting with the General’s squad. His men found their positions and FIRE on enemy snipers along with other groups trying to advance downtown.

ENGLISH GENERAL
Keep them away from the Parliament!

Suddenly, a rocket flies into the area EXPLODING behind the soldiers. Everyone ducks for cover, except for Psylocke, who has a reputation for not having any fear. She runs through the open area straight for the building the rocket was shot from.

SOLDIER
Cover fire!

ENGLISH GENERAL
Cover fire!

The soldiers shoot enemies in the distance who stand up to get a shot on Psylocke. Her hand lights up as she makes psychic knives and throws them through a window giving her a clear path to jump through.

ENGLISH GENERAL (CONT’D)
Is she crazy?! Move! Move! Move! We cannot lose her!

In waves, the men advance forward, those stalling behind give cover fire for them. The first wave blast through the door to find Psylocke.

INT. ABANDONED BUILDING

Long blade in one hand, psychic knife in the other, she takes out enemy soldiers left and right, finally ducking when shots ring out from the stairway.

She becomes furious, throws her blade into the ceiling, grabs it and with the other hand, cuts a hole in the floor to get through.

The General knows what she is up to. He begins shooting at the ceiling startling the enemy soldiers up their.

SECOND FLOOR

Psylocke catches them off guard, throwing psychic knives, three, four at a time. The soldiers below rushed upstairs now that the stairway is clear. They find the enemy ducking for cover away from Psylocke and take them out.

More explosions are heard outside and the ground begins to shake as if an earthquake were happening. They look out of broken windows to see Pyro setting buildings on fire and Avalanche…
EXT. WORLDWIDE

On the battlefields, it was clear. The countries of Russia, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, India, China, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan had joined their military forces across the globe. Their missiles and gunfire streak across the sky. Anti-Missile guns fire back. More explosions, more deafening noise.
EXT. GERMAN/POLAND BORDER – EVENING

Toad and Blob stand near the front of the battle. No one can stop the Blob. Toad grabs men with his tongue, crushing their bodies and tossing them out of the way.

The German army tries to hold their ground, but the Blob is taking whatever ammunition they throw at him. The enemy army slowly, but surely, breaks through the Poland frontline.

Toad leaps forward to grab another soldier when a flash goes by him, knocking him to the ground. He leaps up, looking around, but sees nothing unusual.

Another flash, then another goes by knocking him back and forth into a daze. Then, he is kicked to the ground. Toad looks up to see QuickSilver standing there for a brief moment. Gunfire comes and QuickSilver quickly moved out of the way.

The Blob stumbles over knocking men aside holding a barrel of a tank.

Red light surrounds him, he looks at his hands to see what is going on. He is lifting into the air slightly and is thrust back about 20 yards. The Scarlet Witch is holding onto an armored vehicle riding to the scene.

POLAND MILITARY BASE

The vehicle comes to a stop. QuickSilver suddenly stands at her side as she drops down.

QUICKSILVER
Be careful.

SCARLET WITCH
You too.

After a quick hug, QuickSilver is gone.

POLAND/GERMAN BORDER

Back at the frontline. QuickSilver dodges gunfire, shrapnel, Toad, and the Blob, who has a hard time keeping up.

The enemy begins FIRING concussion blasts, which stun QuickSilver, knocking him off his feet.

Toad leaps over to him quickly, wrapping his tongue around his neck. QuickSilver leaps up, pulls Toad to him with his tongue, and nails him in the face with his elbow. Toad slings him to the ground twice with his tongue. Then, QuickSilver throws a rapid succession of punches and kicks.

A bomb exploding near them makes Toad let go of QuickSilver’s neck. While QuickSilver is dazed on the ground an enemy approaches to shoot him.

Scarlet Witch makes the weapon fall apart in his hands. She runs up to him, punch, two kicks, lifts him up in the air and throws him back as hard as she can into a tank advancing forward.

The tank shoots at her, but QuickSilver sweeps her off her feet and runs away from the area before the explosion. The impact knocks them forward.

The Polish, German army gives them cover fire as the enemy line advances.

Another explosion, a wave hits the defense system. They know if they fall back even more, the enemy will destroy the system from long range and overtake them all.
EXT. X-MANSION DRIVEWAY – DAY

BISHOP (LUCAS BISHOP) is out of his vehicle beginning to walk towards the door, when CABLE (NATHAN SUMMERS) drives up recklessly stopping by the front of the door. He hops out. Jubilee opens the door.

JUBILEE
Hey guys!

BISHOP
Why are we here?!

CABLE
This better be good!

JUBILEE
Nice to see you, too!

She dismissing them with a wave and walks off.

JUBILEE (CONT’D)
He’s in there.

FOYER

Professor Xavier comes around the corner.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Thank you both for coming!

CABLE
Short notice!

BISHOP
We’re in the middle of World War III!

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I know, Lucas, that’s why I called. I need your help.

CABLE
With what?!

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Come with me!

They head down to the sub-basement.

WAR ROOM

Cable and Bishop follow the Professor.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Different fronts of the war are being covered on television, of course. But I’ve found something very interesting. Look here.

Images appear on the monitor.

BISHOP
The frontlines?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Yes. The same heavy security.

CABLE
Professor, it’s the frontline.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Look at the missiles being shot down by the ground-to-air defense system.

CABLE
Xavier –

XAVIER
— Look, Nathan!

CABLE
(pause)
The special technology is in the warheads. I know.

BISHOP
All long range. You think their hiding the missile launchers?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Most of the normal missiles may only have a small amount of this destructive material. Not enough to win a non-nuclear war. These large warheads are the real threat! They don’t want to make them vulnerable on a battlefield.

CABLE
They may have a large supply, but they don’t want to waste it.

BISHOP
If the facility they’re launching them from gets hit, the explosion will ignite the entire area and they’re precious material will be gone up in smoke.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Exactly. However, the mid-air explosions from these warheads have been so massive, no one can consistently get close to the launching sites.

CABLE
Great.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
But that’s not all, Nathan. I’ve been looking over this as well.

CABLE
The day we voted.

More images covered the monitors.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
The investigators found this blue wiring in the buildings on the west coast, but they did not explode like those on the east coast. No one’s been able to figure out why.

BISHOP
You have?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
This energy came from somewhere, or someone.

BISHOP
I heard the U.N. technicians cooked it up.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
They invented the material to contain the energy, but not the energy itself. It’s beyond anything we’ve seen before.

BEAST
(enters the War Room)
I’ve come closer to discovering the origin of this “energy!”
(pause)
My apologies for interrupting, gentlemen.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
What have you found out, Hank?!

Beast plugs a sample into the War Room computer, a projection appears in the middle of the room.

BEAST
This is fascinating, but a deadly energy as well. Highly unstable when it’s not contained properly.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Is this from a mutant, Hank?

BEAST
Unfortunately, it is. However, this mutant is stronger, more powerful than most others. I cannot find a match for this in my database.

CABLE
Wait a minute. Look familiar, Lucas?

BISHOP
Check it.

BEAST
Yes, perhaps this energy was recorded by your system’s database.

Cable takes the sample, plugs it into the computer on his forearm, the database runs.

COMPUTER
Searching. Searching. Searching. Found.

CABLE
Where did you get this sample from, Hank?!

BEAST
The U.S. military was kind enough to share information with me. They came in contact with this substance. One of Jim Slade’s staff was killed by a weapon using this energy.

CABLE
Rosenburg.

BISHOP
So, that’s how they did it!

PROFESSOR XAVIER
What did you find?

CABLE
This substance is from a new mutation.

BISHOP
Mutants made of this solid energy.

CABLE
Hard to kill or even knock off their feet.

BISHOP
They would’ve taken over if their kind didn’t fall into a civil war. No one else could stop them once their power reached its full potential.

BEAST
What are you thinking, Professor?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
That is exactly what must’ve happened on the west coast. Another mutant with this energy stopped those explosions.

CABLE
Their race may be on the rise –

BISHOP
— But they’re conserving energy. It must not be many of them around yet! The mutant must be hiding until he reaches full power.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
(to Bishop)
I’m going to need you and Nathan to be ready at a moment’s notice to track down the mutant who stands in opposition to the source. This person is the only one who can help the world survive these attacks!

BEAST
How can I help?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Continue to study this sample. Perhaps there’s a weakness we don’t know of.

BISHOP
(to Cable)
Let’s go, I’m ready to shut this guy down!

CABLE
Wait!
(to Professor Xavier)
Professor, we’ll be taking some extra gear. I feel like we’re going to need it.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Very well, and thank you.

They wave that off and Beat follows them out of the room.

Professor Xavier grabs his helmet to Cerebro to search for the source of the energy when Jubilee walks in with a platter.

JUBILEE
Hey, I made you some lunch, when you’re ready to take a break. You do “eat” right?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Of course, thank you.

JUBILEE
Yeah, well, I still feel bad –

PROFESSOR XAVIER
— I know.

JUBILEE
You’ve always been there for me and –

PROFESSOR XAVIER
— Jubilee, the “X” on your uniform didn’t make you an X-Man. It was the way you stood for what was right. As long as you continue to do this, you will never let me down.

A huge smile comes on her face. She hugs Xavier.

JUBILEE
I’ll let you get back to work.
(begins to leave)
I’m in the living room if you need me!

Xavier gives a smile at her light-hearted attitude, then puts on the helmet to Cerebro to continue his search.
EXT. NYC STREETS – DAY

All the regular traffic is blocked off. People are told to continue to stay indoors. A military convoy is still on the move.

INT. MILITARY TRANSPORT

Inside one of the armored vehicles, two soldiers discuss the mission objective.

SOLDIER
Why are we moving her through New York City?

SOLDIER #2
We have orders.

SOLDIER
It doesn’t make sense!

SOLDIER #2
Our forces are spread out along the coast. We had to get her outta Washington, D.C. and link up to the closest military squad possible. The most equipped was already here in New York, a short trip away. We didn’t want an air transfer. Too easy to get shot down.

SOLDIER
This is taking a long time though.

SOLDIER #2
We did make it up here.

SOLDIER
What are we going to do with her?

SOLDIER #2
Keep her contained until further orders. She can’t trick anyone while she’s locked up.

INT. NYC CONDO – LIVING ROOM – DAY

Scott and Jean sit and talk through their feelings.

JEAN GREY
Will you relax?!

CYCLOPS
I am relaxed!

JEAN GREY
No, you’re not!

CYCLOPS
You want me to be at peace while the whole world’s falling apart?!

JEAN GREY
That’s not what I mean!
(pause)
We made a decision to do what’s best for our family.

CYCLOPS
We are, but, these people are trying to take over the globe. Why does this have to happen –

JEAN GREY
— right now.

CYCLOPS
I want to help. I just don’t know how.

JEAN GREY
We’re used to being on the frontlines, leading the way.

Jean Grey slides over on the couch and Scott embraces her, as they look at the horrible news on television. Teary-eyed as they begin to see other X-Men fighting on the battlefields. They get off the couch staring at the television. Jean Grey goes into the bedroom, Scott stays, staring at the screen. Jean Grey comes back to the living room caring sneakers and a jacket.

CYCLOPS
Jean –

JEAN GREY
— We have to do something!

CYCLOPS
But you know this isn’t a good idea!

JEAN GREY
I thought we could run away, Scott. But our friends need our help!

CYCLOPS
What if something happens to you, to the baby?!

JEAN GREY
I won’t be the only pregnant woman fighting in a war, look at them!

Silence.

JEAN GREY (CONT’D)
I’m no better than they are…

Scott turns around and slams his hands on the kitchen counter extension. Ready to go, Jean walks over, putting her hand on his back.

JEAN GREY (CONT’D)
You are a great husband and father. If you really want to protect us –

CYCLOPS
— I have to put your life in jeopardy?!

JEAN GREY
Our lives are already in jeopardy.

BEDROOM

Scott walks away, to the bedroom, putting on his shoes, grabbing his jacket. He walks to Jean standing in the bedroom doorway.

CYCLOPS
I’m not going to lose you.

JEAN GREY
I’m not losing you, either.

They kiss and embrace. As they walk through the living room the ground rumbles. They pause.

CYCLOPS
What was that?!

JEAN GREY
Oh no. I sense –

CYCLOPS
— An attack?

JEAN GREY
The Juggernaut.

CYCLOPS
Let’s go, I’ll call Professor Xavier on the way.

They hurry out the door.
EXT. NYC STREETS

The army convoy is at a halt. It’s the JUGGERNAUT (CAIN MARKO), running through the street.

The soldiers’ bullets bounce off of him. They run for cover as he charges at them. Punching the ground, it causes rips in the asphalt. Armored vehicles drive by firing powerful rounds of ammo at him, but nothing effects him.

This only angers him more. He picks up a car, throwing it towards the vehicles. They drive away to avoid being knocked off the road. A few soldiers find cover, load, and launch rockets at Juggernaut, but the impact, at best, knocks him off balance.

With a growl, he grabs more cars, tossing them towards the soldiers, the CARS EXPLODE on impact. He runs to a convoy vehicle, lifting it off the road by the rear with one hand, ripping through the armor plating with the other hand, tossing the bay door back down the street, soldiers run to dodge it. Juggernaut looks inside the vehicle, then tossing it aside…

SOLDIER
We have to slow this guy down!

The soldier runs over to an armored vehicle, starts it up, and heads straight for Juggernaut. At full speed, he angles the vehicle, and jumps out before it hits the side of a convoy transport, launches into the air, coming down towards Juggernaut.

But Juggernaut grins, pulls his arm back and punches the vehicle back in the opposite direction, EXPLODING as it hits the ground.

INT. MILITARY TRANSPORT

Mystique is encased in glass and steel, soldiers are on-guard as hands come through the middle of the bay door, ripping it in half.

The Juggernaut looks up, soldiers began to fire, he throws half of the bay door at them. They duck, but the door slams into the front wall, landing on top of them. He begins ripping the transport apart making room for him to walk to Mystique.

Grabbing the case, his hand crushes the glass and metal which falls to the floor.

Kicking away the last parts of the case, Mystique jumps out, but a hot red optic blast streaks passed her head.

Cyclops and Jean Grey stand in the distance. Mystique grabs some of the weapons in the transport and began firing back at them.

JUGGERNAUT
I should have known the X-Men wouldn’t stay out of this!

Another optic blast hits Juggernaut knocking him back a few steps further than normal.

JUGGERNAUT (CONT’D)
A little more power than before, huh? Well, you still can’t stop me!

He charges at Cyclops.

Mystique jumps to the top of the transport’

CYCLOPS
(to Jean Grey)
Follow her! Don’t lose your link to her mind!

Jean Grey leaps off the ground flying through the air as Mystique changes form into a National Guard soldier.

U.S. General Wade Peterson calls out to his men.

PETERSON
Backup Jean Grey. Don’t lose track of her!

Juggernaut picks up the rest of the transport and throws it at Cyclops, who responds by firing his optic blast, pushing the transport into Juggernaut.

An armored vehicle drives by and Cyclops jumps on. They drive away from Juggernaut.

CYCLOPS
We have to get him outta the city!

SOLDIER #2
How do we stop him?!

CYCLOPS
We have to get his helmet off! Any reinforcements?!

SOLDIER #2
Most of the F/22s are patrolling Washington D.C. They may give us two at best!

The armored vehicle dashes to the side to avoid a car landing on it and Cyclops blast another car coming through the air at them as Juggernaut takes his shots.

CYCLOPS
What about carrier planes?!

SOLDIER #2
You wanna transport him?!

CYCLOPS
They have the biggest caliber weapons!

SOLDIER #2
I got you, sir! Two are stationed at the airport!

CYCLOPS
We’ll need both of them!

TO BE CONTINUED…

SPEAK© 2013 Eric Christopher Jackson
I was shy. Reserved. Quiet. Happy to go unnoticed. Content in silence. Or was I?
Years ago, I was perceived as an outcast. Classroom to classroom. My clothes were different. I didn’t talk like (or use the language) my peers did. Soft spoken. The music I listened to was too different. I separated from the crowd. On days I tried otherwise…it eventually led to pain and frustration. So, my sentence was set in stone. I was labeled as trying to be “white.” Was I?
I never told them that the shade of my skin didn’t matter that much to me. I never told them that I didn’t need to act a certain way to truly be African-American. I never told them that falling in love with someone outside of my own race was not a shameful act. I never told them to focus more on the noun than the adjective. White people, Black people, Asian people, Hispanic people, Italian people, the list goes on and on. Different adjectives. One noun. We are all people and these adjectives, while celebrated, should not separate us.
No. I never told them. Because I was too afraid to speak.
-ecj

SPEAK
© 2013 Eric Christopher Jackson

I was shy. Reserved. Quiet. Happy to go unnoticed. Content in silence. Or was I?

Years ago, I was perceived as an outcast. Classroom to classroom. My clothes were different. I didn’t talk like (or use the language) my peers did. Soft spoken. The music I listened to was too different. I separated from the crowd. On days I tried otherwise…it eventually led to pain and frustration. So, my sentence was set in stone. I was labeled as trying to be “white.” Was I?

I never told them that the shade of my skin didn’t matter that much to me. I never told them that I didn’t need to act a certain way to truly be African-American. I never told them that falling in love with someone outside of my own race was not a shameful act. I never told them to focus more on the noun than the adjective. White people, Black people, Asian people, Hispanic people, Italian people, the list goes on and on. Different adjectives. One noun. We are all people and these adjectives, while celebrated, should not separate us.

No. I never told them. Because I was too afraid to speak.

-ecj

X-Men: The New Age (pgs.112-127) of 199Story by Eric Christopher Jackson
INT. THE WHITE HOUSE – OVAL OFFICE – DAY
The current U.S. President, RICK PHILLIPS, and the future President, Jim Slade, are in the middle of a discussion.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSYou must be out of your mind!
SLADEMr. President, we are on the edge of a serious catastrophe! I cannot wait until next year, I need to have my staff in place, right now!
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSI haven’t given up my position. You haven’t taken the Oath to get into office. Votes are still being counted!
SLADEThis goes far beyond a few disgruntled mutants. I need to speak to the ambassadors of the U.N. to figure out what’s going on.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSGet out of my office.
SLADEBut Mr. Pres –
PRESIDENT PHILLIPS— I will not let you take command from me like this! Never!
SLADEWe are running out of time!
PRESIDENT(to Secret Service)Get him outta here!
Secret Service agents grabs Slade, pulling him out of the room.
SLADEThis is going to go far beyond your term.(struggling)Don’t drop this on me in two months!
The room is silent. The President stands with the U.S. Secretary of State, PAUL MAYFIELD.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSThat boy has more than a lot of nerve! Can you believe him?!
A knock at the door. An ASSISTANT walks in.
ASSISTANTExcuse me, Mr. President!
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSYes, what have you got?
ASSISTANTUnfortunately, sir…
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSWhat is it?!
ASSISTANTIntelligence confirms. We’ve been able to contact most of the U.N. Ambassadors, except for a handful.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSWell, what are they doing? We told them to keep communications open. Especially at a time like this!
ASSISTANTYes sir, but eight ambassadors have not gotten back with us.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSEight isn’t bad.
ASSISTANTCorrect sir, but the eight ambassadors are from Russia, Iran, North Korea, India, China, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, sir.
A long pause.
ASSISTANT (CONT’D)Also, satellites and intelligence confirm that Russian military forces are moving aggressively south towards Kazakhstan and Mongolia. A fraction of China’s military forces are on the move, north, towards the same countries. The General has an updated report of the situation. He’s waiting for you in the War Room.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPS(pause)I’ll wrap up here. I’m on my way, thank you.
The Assistant leaves the room.
The President begins to gathers file folders and other paperwork. Paul Mayfield walks closer to his desk.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPS (CONT’D)How could this happen?! We agreed to destroy more than half of the nuclear capabilities across the board! They hid their weapons somehow! They lied to us, Paul, they lied! All of them!
MAYFIELDSo did we, Rick. This shouldn’t surprise you.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSWe still lost a lot of our inventory!
MAYFIELDThe rest of the U.N. Ambassadors will fill us in on what their Intel knows.
HALLWAY
The President and Mayfield walk down the hallway to the War Room. Security walking by, making sure everyone is in position if an emergency should come up. They look up to see the GENERAL WADE PETERSON coming towards them.
PETERSONMr. President.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSGeneral Peterson, we were coming to you.
PETERSONUnderstood, but I need to speak to you in private, sir.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSLet’s go in here.
SIDE OFFICE
The President and General enter a small office.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSWhat do you know so far?
PETERSONThere’s no easy way to say this. A new technology has been found, being used by the Russians and the countries who seem to have formed some kind of agreement with them.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSA W.M.D.?
PETERSONYes, sir, but it’s not nuclear. No radiation trails, which is why we didn’t realize they were building weapons.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSThey can’t have power like that without it giving some kind of signature!
PETERSONTheir military forces are using the material found in wiring U.N. technicians created. We believe the Russians have plenty of it. You can power the same buildings with less than half the electricity. In our tests, it could not be used as a weapon. Somehow, they’ve found an energy, it could be from a mutant. When combined with the material, it becomes a deadly explosive.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSHow many missiles do they have with this…material?! How much of this energy do they have?!
PETERSONTo be honest, sir, we don’t know.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSUgh!
PETERSONBut looking at the boldness of their military movements in the passed 24 hours, they have more firepower than we can handle. They can overtake our U.N. forces, eventually, if we don’t find out how to disable their energy source.
A knock at the door. Paul Mayfield sticks his head inside.
MAYFIELDExcuse me, Mr. President, Captain Brenner has some information you need to hear.
HALLWAY
President Phillips and General Peterson walk down the hall continuing towards the War Room.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSWhat are you thinking?!
PETERSONWe’re going to need all the help we can get, sir.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSYou mean, the mutants.
PETERSONMaybe they can help us figure out how to shut down their energy source or, at least, tell us where it comes from.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSI’m not popular with their kind.
PETERSONWith all due respect, sir, Mr. Slade is.
They stop before going through the door.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSNo, General. I’m still in command here.
WAR ROOM
He turns away and they go inside. Captain Brenner stands attention and salutes. Secretary of Defense, BENJAMIN TURNER, is at his side.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSCaptain, you have an update for me?
BRENNERMr. President, yes, sir! Mr. Slade and I were attacked tonight by a shape-shifter who infiltrated his staff.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSWhat?! Jim failed to mention that earlier!
BRENNERApparently, it hung around to make sure we never found out about the energy and material used inside the wiring.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSWhere is this shape-shifter now?
BRENNERBeing taken to a secured facility, sir. But I wanted to warn you about how dangerous this material is. I used a small case like this, charged with the energy they’re using. It knocked the shifter out cold.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSSo, you’re saying…
BRENNERIt doesn’t take much of this stuff to blow up a city block. My guess is, they used this material in constructing there weapons. When a normal tomahawk missile explodes, it’s going to cause at least three times more damage than normal.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSIf this is in a cruise missile?
BRENNERThey can build smaller, cheaper missiles.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPS(pause)Do you know where this “energy” is coming from?
BRENNEROnly a mutant can have this type of power, sir.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSI knew it! We changed the laws to help them and now it’s come back on us.(to Turner)Ben, move our military into position. We have to defend the mainland first! Send subs into strategic positions to defend Pearl Harbor!
TURNERMr. President, our men don’t know what they’re fighting against.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSAre you suggesting that we don’t defend ourselves?
TURNEROf course not! I want to call Professor Xavier. Have a team of mutants lead are defenses.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSWhy?!
TURNERThey’ll die without them! This looks like a mutant attack, we need mutants who are willing to fight with us!
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSThis country has survived for over 200 hundred years without –
– A BUZZ sounds. The President goes to the table and presses a button.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPS (CONT’D)What is it?!
VOICE (O.S.)An update, sir. Military and militia from each country have moved aggressively towards the border of their neighbors. Although the Australians are on their way for support, the Japanese army will have difficulty defending themselves until they arrive.
PETERSONA message is coming up on Line 2!
An ALARM RINGS faintly in the background.
VOICE #2 (O.S.)This is the Israeli ambassador! We are under attack! I must warn you of their new weaponry! Our automatic defense system is knocking their missiles out of the sky. But the mid-air explosions are so powerful they’re damaging our system. I do not know how much longer we can hold them off!
STATIC.
PETERSONI’m going out there! Captain!
BRENNERYes, sir!
PRESIDENT PHILLLIPSWhere are you –
PETERSON— Wherever I’m needed!
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSThe mainland, General, starting with Washington D.C.!
PETERSONMy advice to you, call Xavier.
The Captain and General exit the War Room.
The speakers are turned on, representatives calling from around the world for the U.S. to help. President Phillips leans on a table, head down, knowing World War III has just begun.
The room is silent.
SLADEYou need my help.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPSSlade!(to everyone)Who let him in here?!
SLADEAre you going to let down all the people who depend on you by holding on to your pride?
Screams are heard over the speakers.
PRESIDENT PHILLIPS(swallows hard)For now, I will let you “help” me.
Jim Slade pulls out his cell phone.
SLADEI hope he’s home.
Slade is calling the one person he believes can help.INT. X-MANSION – LIVING ROOM – DAY
PROFESSOR XAVIERHello?!
SLADEProfessor Xavier.
PROFESSOR XAVIERHello, Mr. Slade. I was expecting your call.
SLADEHave you contacted the X-Men? What’s your plan?!
PROFESSOR XAVIERI’m sorry, Mr. Slade, but I have not. The X-Men are no more. They’ve gone on with their own lives now. If they fight, they fight because they want to, not because I’ve ordered them to.
SLADEBut we have to stick together more now than ever! You see what’s going on!
PROFESSOR XAVIERYes. I do. And I know that the X-Men have stood against evil many times before “without” the help of the government. They risked their lives for countless others in times when most people would have detained or killed them! They have given enough for this country, Mr. Slade. More than enough. I cannot and will not ask them to do it again.
SLADEI don’t believe what I’m hearing. What happened?!
PROFESSOR XAVIERI suppose, we discovered we are more human than we thought. It is all of our responsibility to stand up for what is right. I think it’s time for others to stand up where we have before. Good-bye, Mr. Slade.
Professor Xavier hangs up the phone.
Slade slams his cell on the table.
TURNERThey were close to dying too many times?
SLADEUnbelievable. They can’t back out now. We need them more than ever!
TURNERWe can broadcast you “Live” from here. Ask all the mutants around the country for their help and remind them of the X-Men’s heroic acts.
SLADEMaybe Xavier is right. How can I?
Turner lets out a sigh. Slade’s staff enters the room.
KENTTurn on the TV, Jim!
They run over to the console and switch the TV control on. Small televisions show up on a huge screen. Newscasts are looking at the war from different countries. They begin to see several mutants fighting alongside military forces on both sides.
JESSICAThere’s Russia!
Suddenly, the lights flicker.
TURNERSecurity! Sweep this place right now!
EXT. RUSSIAN/MONGOLIAN BORDER – NIGHT
Fighting is taking place on the border.
Omega Red is leading the charge.
The Mongolians’ automated defense system is firing through large cannons. Tanks, fighter jets, and men on the ground lead the counter-attack.
A mixture of bullets and energy blasts fly through the sky. Concussion blasts intercept missiles trying to hit the Mongolian Military Bases. The huge mid-air EXPLOSIONS cause each side to keep their distances from each other.
MONGOLIAN SOLDIERThe upgraded defense system is working!
MONGOLIAN SOLDIER #2The shrapnel will take its toll! We have to hit the source of those missiles!
EXT. RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE – NIGHT
Nightcrawler is sneaking up to the military base where he and Colossus were before. He teleports into the center of a supply carrier being brought inside the base. Ahead, he sees a soldier scanning the carriers to make sure no intruders are onboard before he clears it through the door.
Nightcrawler teleports to the carrier ahead of him, before the soldier knows he’s there.
INT. RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE – ELEVATOR
The elevator descends below to the same room Colossus was captured in.
SCIENCE LAB
Security guards are positioned throughout the room. The carrier floats inside and settles on the ground. Workers began to take off the large containers.
ELEVATOR SHAFT
Nightcrawler has no choice but to teleport through the wall to the top of the elevator.
Faint light comes through the shaft and the top of the elevator.
HALLWAY
He teleports into the hallway next to the elevator. Staying low to the ground, he moves forward. Suddenly, the elevator door in front of him begins to open.
SIDE ROOM
He teleports into a room next to him.
HALLWAY
The soldiers spot his smoke trail and run towards the area.
SIDE ROOM
They charge through the door, but see no one. They search the room.
HOLDING AREA
Nightcrawler teleported a few rooms ahead of him because he saw Colossus encased in glass lined with steel beams. A light purple energy illuminated from the case.
Suddenly, shots ring through the room. Two soldiers spot Nightcrawler through the windows. One of them notifies the base of the intruder on his radio.
Nightcrawler quickly looks over the console, but cannot figure out what all the buttons are for. The door behind him opens and the soldiers began FIRING. Nightcrawler teleports out of the way, but comes directly towards the men, kicking them off their feet. He looks up to see more soldiers coming down the metal walkways and a few began opening FIRE.
More soldiers arrive, swinging at Nightcrawler. But, he simply ducks out of the way and returns with acrobatic punches and kicks of his own. Then he grabs one man with his tail and throws him into the case holding Colossus.
The light purple energy blazes over the man. He falls to the ground unconscious. Apparently, this output of energy weakened the case because Colossus began to stir.
The other soldiers arrive FIRING at Nightcrawler, who teleports from one place to the next to avoid them.
Colossus’ first few punches begin to crack the glass and steel. Then, with a yell and charge of energy, he punches his arm through the case.
The soldiers begin FIRING at him as he breaks through. He begins knocking men out of the way as he goes towards the door. Then, he sees a FREEDOM team in one corridor charging up their weapons, aiming at him. They FIRE.
Nightcrawler leap onto Colossus’ back, teleporting them out of the room.
ELEVATOR SHAFT
The elevator isn’t responding. Colossus breaks through the ceiling, they jumped up on top of the elevator.
Nightcrawler leaps on his back once more as he looks up and teleports them both to the ground level door.
SURFACE LEVEL
Colossus breaks through the elevator doors.
Soldiers are waiting for them and open FIRE.
The two fight their way through the “crowd”.
The FREEDOM unit arrives, firing energy pulses.
EXT. RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE – NIGHT
They run outside.
MILITATRY BASE ROOF
Teleport to the roof of the building where a U.S. carrier plane flies over. The FREEDOM soldier FIRES a ROCKET from his launcher at them.
Nightcrawler grabs Colossus, looks up, and teleports into the U.S. plane high above the ground. They are safe, for now, as U.S. soldiers greet them. But they know they are heading for an even bigger battle.EXT. ISRAELI/SYRIAN BORDER – NIGHT
The Israeli defense system is wearing down. Huge EXPLOSIONS cause shrapnel to tear apart their armored defenses.
More missiles are on the way. The ground-to-air guns and missiles FIRE, intercepting them, but this time the impacts destroy the foundation of some of the guns.
Soldiers closet to the area begin to run in retreat.
More missiles are seen in the distance. The soldiers huddle behind a large building, grasping their weapons, holding their hats on, SIRENS BLARING.
The wind begins to pick up dramatically, clouds roll in, THUNDER ROARS over the sirens. Huge flashes of light illuminate the sky. EXPLOSIONS are heard in the distance.
One of the soldiers is brave enough to look around the building at what’s going on. He looks up to see Storm, hovering in mid-air, arms raised, controlling the lightning as it strikes the upcoming missiles.
SYRIAN DEFENSE BASE
Israeli jets race by.
ISRAELI PILOTGet a lock on the target!
ISRAELI PILOT #2It’s close, keep looking!
ISRAELI PILOT #3Watch out!
The pilots find the place where the missiles are being launched from. The ground-to-air guns are defending the area, locking on to any targets that gets too close.
ISRAELI PILOTWe can’t get in range!
ISRAELI PILOT #3What’s that down there?!
A blur goes across the terrain. It is Storm’s “son” racing through Syrian territory. The defense system picks him up, locks on, and begins FIRING. But he is too fast. The guns end up firing into other areas of the defense system blowing up the foundation. The system begins to shut down.
The Israeli planes make a U-turn towards the missile launching site. They Lock on and FIRE. The EXPLOSIONS cave in the ground around the missile launchers. Suddenly, Syrian planes fly passed them.
ISRAELI PILOT #2They’re going after Storm!
ISRAELI PILOT #3Catch ‘em! Catch ‘em!
ISRAELI PILOTWe can’t fire, we might hit her!
ISRAELI DEFENSE SYSTEM
The Syrian jets are fast. Storm is almost in their range when she spots them. They begin to fire. The sound of bullets fly passed her.
A Syrian pilot finally locks on, but before he can fire, an Israeli soldier mans a ground-to-air cannon and fires at him, destroying the plane.
The explosion pushes Storm back, out of control. She is already drained from using so much power. As she falls, people point and scream. Storm’s son arrives on-time to catch her. Soldiers cheer.EXT. RUSSIAN/MONGOLIAN BORDER – EVENING
The bay door of the U.S. Plane opens. U.S. soldiers along with Colossus and Nightcrawler look down at the battle below. Shots begin to whirl passed the plane from a powerful gun on a roof.
Nightcrawler takes his spot on Colossus’ back as they jump out of the plane.
RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE
Teleporting closer the weapon, Colossus’ weight smashes the barrel and Nightcrawler knocks out the shooter.
They teleport to the ground, on the frontline, and charge at the enemy.
No one had come out on the battlefield this far, but they both, in their own way, make it across the field deeper into enemy territory.
The enemy is caught off guard. The Russian soldiers begin to fire on them, but they hold their own.
Colossus begins overturning tanks and throwing enemy soldiers here and there.
BASE ROOF
Nightcrawler finds another cannon atop of roof, knocks out the shooter, and turns the cannon on the enemy, FIRING away at ground troops and other cannons positioned on other buildings.
With the confusion stirring, more Mongolian soldiers decide to cross the battlefield into enemy territory, engaging soldiers along the way.
Reinforcements show up along with FREEDOM units. Their energy pulse weapons sting Colossus so much, he begins to fall back.
The troops from Mongolia have gained ground, but the enemy takes solid position again around their base. They do not want the missile launchers destroyed.
TO BE CONTINUED…

X-Men: The New Age (pgs.112-127) of 199
Story by Eric Christopher Jackson

INT. THE WHITE HOUSE – OVAL OFFICE – DAY

The current U.S. President, RICK PHILLIPS, and the future President, Jim Slade, are in the middle of a discussion.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
You must be out of your mind!

SLADE
Mr. President, we are on the edge of a serious catastrophe! I cannot wait until next year, I need to have my staff in place, right now!

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
I haven’t given up my position. You haven’t taken the Oath to get into office. Votes are still being counted!

SLADE
This goes far beyond a few disgruntled mutants. I need to speak to the ambassadors of the U.N. to figure out what’s going on.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Get out of my office.

SLADE
But Mr. Pres –

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
— I will not let you take command from me like this! Never!

SLADE
We are running out of time!

PRESIDENT
(to Secret Service)
Get him outta here!

Secret Service agents grabs Slade, pulling him out of the room.

SLADE
This is going to go far beyond your term.
(struggling)
Don’t drop this on me in two months!

The room is silent. The President stands with the U.S. Secretary of State, PAUL MAYFIELD.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
That boy has more than a lot of nerve! Can you believe him?!

A knock at the door. An ASSISTANT walks in.

ASSISTANT
Excuse me, Mr. President!

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Yes, what have you got?

ASSISTANT
Unfortunately, sir…

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
What is it?!

ASSISTANT
Intelligence confirms. We’ve been able to contact most of the U.N. Ambassadors, except for a handful.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Well, what are they doing? We told them to keep communications open. Especially at a time like this!

ASSISTANT
Yes sir, but eight ambassadors have not gotten back with us.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Eight isn’t bad.

ASSISTANT
Correct sir, but the eight ambassadors are from Russia, Iran, North Korea, India, China, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, sir.

A long pause.

ASSISTANT (CONT’D)
Also, satellites and intelligence confirm that Russian military forces are moving aggressively south towards Kazakhstan and Mongolia. A fraction of China’s military forces are on the move, north, towards the same countries. The General has an updated report of the situation. He’s waiting for you in the War Room.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
(pause)
I’ll wrap up here. I’m on my way, thank you.

The Assistant leaves the room.

The President begins to gathers file folders and other paperwork. Paul Mayfield walks closer to his desk.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS (CONT’D)
How could this happen?! We agreed to destroy more than half of the nuclear capabilities across the board! They hid their weapons somehow! They lied to us, Paul, they lied! All of them!

MAYFIELD
So did we, Rick. This shouldn’t surprise you.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
We still lost a lot of our inventory!

MAYFIELD
The rest of the U.N. Ambassadors will fill us in on what their Intel knows.

HALLWAY

The President and Mayfield walk down the hallway to the War Room. Security walking by, making sure everyone is in position if an emergency should come up. They look up to see the GENERAL WADE PETERSON coming towards them.

PETERSON
Mr. President.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
General Peterson, we were coming to you.

PETERSON
Understood, but I need to speak to you in private, sir.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Let’s go in here.

SIDE OFFICE

The President and General enter a small office.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
What do you know so far?

PETERSON
There’s no easy way to say this. A new technology has been found, being used by the Russians and the countries who seem to have formed some kind of agreement with them.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
A W.M.D.?

PETERSON
Yes, sir, but it’s not nuclear. No radiation trails, which is why we didn’t realize they were building weapons.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
They can’t have power like that without it giving some kind of signature!

PETERSON
Their military forces are using the material found in wiring U.N. technicians created. We believe the Russians have plenty of it. You can power the same buildings with less than half the electricity. In our tests, it could not be used as a weapon. Somehow, they’ve found an energy, it could be from a mutant. When combined with the material, it becomes a deadly explosive.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
How many missiles do they have with this…material?! How much of this energy do they have?!

PETERSON
To be honest, sir, we don’t know.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Ugh!

PETERSON
But looking at the boldness of their military movements in the passed 24 hours, they have more firepower than we can handle. They can overtake our U.N. forces, eventually, if we don’t find out how to disable their energy source.

A knock at the door. Paul Mayfield sticks his head inside.

MAYFIELD
Excuse me, Mr. President, Captain Brenner has some information you need to hear.

HALLWAY

President Phillips and General Peterson walk down the hall continuing towards the War Room.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
What are you thinking?!

PETERSON
We’re going to need all the help we can get, sir.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
You mean, the mutants.

PETERSON
Maybe they can help us figure out how to shut down their energy source or, at least, tell us where it comes from.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
I’m not popular with their kind.

PETERSON
With all due respect, sir, Mr. Slade is.

They stop before going through the door.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
No, General. I’m still in command here.

WAR ROOM

He turns away and they go inside. Captain Brenner stands attention and salutes. Secretary of Defense, BENJAMIN TURNER, is at his side.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Captain, you have an update for me?

BRENNER
Mr. President, yes, sir! Mr. Slade and I were attacked tonight by a shape-shifter who infiltrated his staff.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
What?! Jim failed to mention that earlier!

BRENNER
Apparently, it hung around to make sure we never found out about the energy and material used inside the wiring.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Where is this shape-shifter now?

BRENNER
Being taken to a secured facility, sir. But I wanted to warn you about how dangerous this material is. I used a small case like this, charged with the energy they’re using. It knocked the shifter out cold.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
So, you’re saying…

BRENNER
It doesn’t take much of this stuff to blow up a city block. My guess is, they used this material in constructing there weapons. When a normal tomahawk missile explodes, it’s going to cause at least three times more damage than normal.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
If this is in a cruise missile?

BRENNER
They can build smaller, cheaper missiles.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
(pause)
Do you know where this “energy” is coming from?

BRENNER
Only a mutant can have this type of power, sir.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
I knew it! We changed the laws to help them and now it’s come back on us.
(to Turner)
Ben, move our military into position. We have to defend the mainland first! Send subs into strategic positions to defend Pearl Harbor!

TURNER
Mr. President, our men don’t know what they’re fighting against.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Are you suggesting that we don’t defend ourselves?

TURNER
Of course not! I want to call Professor Xavier. Have a team of mutants lead are defenses.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Why?!

TURNER
They’ll die without them! This looks like a mutant attack, we need mutants who are willing to fight with us!

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
This country has survived for over 200 hundred years without –

– A BUZZ sounds. The President goes to the table and presses a button.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS (CONT’D)
What is it?!

VOICE (O.S.)
An update, sir. Military and militia from each country have moved aggressively towards the border of their neighbors. Although the Australians are on their way for support, the Japanese army will have difficulty defending themselves until they arrive.

PETERSON
A message is coming up on Line 2!

An ALARM RINGS faintly in the background.

VOICE #2 (O.S.)
This is the Israeli ambassador! We are under attack! I must warn you of their new weaponry! Our automatic defense system is knocking their missiles out of the sky. But the mid-air explosions are so powerful they’re damaging our system. I do not know how much longer we can hold them off!

STATIC.

PETERSON
I’m going out there! Captain!

BRENNER
Yes, sir!

PRESIDENT PHILLLIPS
Where are you –

PETERSON
— Wherever I’m needed!

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
The mainland, General, starting with Washington D.C.!

PETERSON
My advice to you, call Xavier.

The Captain and General exit the War Room.

The speakers are turned on, representatives calling from around the world for the U.S. to help. President Phillips leans on a table, head down, knowing World War III has just begun.

The room is silent.

SLADE
You need my help.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
Slade!
(to everyone)
Who let him in here?!

SLADE
Are you going to let down all the people who depend on you by holding on to your pride?

Screams are heard over the speakers.

PRESIDENT PHILLIPS
(swallows hard)
For now, I will let you “help” me.

Jim Slade pulls out his cell phone.

SLADE
I hope he’s home.

Slade is calling the one person he believes can help.
INT. X-MANSION – LIVING ROOM – DAY

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Hello?!

SLADE
Professor Xavier.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Hello, Mr. Slade. I was expecting your call.

SLADE
Have you contacted the X-Men? What’s your plan?!

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I’m sorry, Mr. Slade, but I have not. The X-Men are no more. They’ve gone on with their own lives now. If they fight, they fight because they want to, not because I’ve ordered them to.

SLADE
But we have to stick together more now than ever! You see what’s going on!

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Yes. I do. And I know that the X-Men have stood against evil many times before “without” the help of the government. They risked their lives for countless others in times when most people would have detained or killed them! They have given enough for this country, Mr. Slade. More than enough. I cannot and will not ask them to do it again.

SLADE
I don’t believe what I’m hearing. What happened?!

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I suppose, we discovered we are more human than we thought. It is all of our responsibility to stand up for what is right. I think it’s time for others to stand up where we have before. Good-bye, Mr. Slade.

Professor Xavier hangs up the phone.

Slade slams his cell on the table.

TURNER
They were close to dying too many times?

SLADE
Unbelievable. They can’t back out now. We need them more than ever!

TURNER
We can broadcast you “Live” from here. Ask all the mutants around the country for their help and remind them of the X-Men’s heroic acts.

SLADE
Maybe Xavier is right. How can I?

Turner lets out a sigh. Slade’s staff enters the room.

KENT
Turn on the TV, Jim!

They run over to the console and switch the TV control on. Small televisions show up on a huge screen. Newscasts are looking at the war from different countries. They begin to see several mutants fighting alongside military forces on both sides.

JESSICA
There’s Russia!

Suddenly, the lights flicker.

TURNER
Security! Sweep this place right now!

EXT. RUSSIAN/MONGOLIAN BORDER – NIGHT

Fighting is taking place on the border.

Omega Red is leading the charge.

The Mongolians’ automated defense system is firing through large cannons. Tanks, fighter jets, and men on the ground lead the counter-attack.

A mixture of bullets and energy blasts fly through the sky. Concussion blasts intercept missiles trying to hit the Mongolian Military Bases. The huge mid-air EXPLOSIONS cause each side to keep their distances from each other.

MONGOLIAN SOLDIER
The upgraded defense system is working!

MONGOLIAN SOLDIER #2
The shrapnel will take its toll! We have to hit the source of those missiles!

EXT. RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE – NIGHT

Nightcrawler is sneaking up to the military base where he and Colossus were before. He teleports into the center of a supply carrier being brought inside the base. Ahead, he sees a soldier scanning the carriers to make sure no intruders are onboard before he clears it through the door.

Nightcrawler teleports to the carrier ahead of him, before the soldier knows he’s there.

INT. RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE – ELEVATOR

The elevator descends below to the same room Colossus was captured in.

SCIENCE LAB

Security guards are positioned throughout the room. The carrier floats inside and settles on the ground. Workers began to take off the large containers.

ELEVATOR SHAFT

Nightcrawler has no choice but to teleport through the wall to the top of the elevator.

Faint light comes through the shaft and the top of the elevator.

HALLWAY

He teleports into the hallway next to the elevator. Staying low to the ground, he moves forward. Suddenly, the elevator door in front of him begins to open.

SIDE ROOM

He teleports into a room next to him.

HALLWAY

The soldiers spot his smoke trail and run towards the area.

SIDE ROOM

They charge through the door, but see no one. They search the room.

HOLDING AREA

Nightcrawler teleported a few rooms ahead of him because he saw Colossus encased in glass lined with steel beams. A light purple energy illuminated from the case.

Suddenly, shots ring through the room. Two soldiers spot Nightcrawler through the windows. One of them notifies the base of the intruder on his radio.

Nightcrawler quickly looks over the console, but cannot figure out what all the buttons are for. The door behind him opens and the soldiers began FIRING. Nightcrawler teleports out of the way, but comes directly towards the men, kicking them off their feet. He looks up to see more soldiers coming down the metal walkways and a few began opening FIRE.

More soldiers arrive, swinging at Nightcrawler. But, he simply ducks out of the way and returns with acrobatic punches and kicks of his own. Then he grabs one man with his tail and throws him into the case holding Colossus.

The light purple energy blazes over the man. He falls to the ground unconscious. Apparently, this output of energy weakened the case because Colossus began to stir.

The other soldiers arrive FIRING at Nightcrawler, who teleports from one place to the next to avoid them.

Colossus’ first few punches begin to crack the glass and steel. Then, with a yell and charge of energy, he punches his arm through the case.

The soldiers begin FIRING at him as he breaks through. He begins knocking men out of the way as he goes towards the door. Then, he sees a FREEDOM team in one corridor charging up their weapons, aiming at him. They FIRE.

Nightcrawler leap onto Colossus’ back, teleporting them out of the room.

ELEVATOR SHAFT

The elevator isn’t responding. Colossus breaks through the ceiling, they jumped up on top of the elevator.

Nightcrawler leaps on his back once more as he looks up and teleports them both to the ground level door.

SURFACE LEVEL

Colossus breaks through the elevator doors.

Soldiers are waiting for them and open FIRE.

The two fight their way through the “crowd”.

The FREEDOM unit arrives, firing energy pulses.

EXT. RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE – NIGHT

They run outside.

MILITATRY BASE ROOF

Teleport to the roof of the building where a U.S. carrier plane flies over. The FREEDOM soldier FIRES a ROCKET from his launcher at them.

Nightcrawler grabs Colossus, looks up, and teleports into the U.S. plane high above the ground. They are safe, for now, as U.S. soldiers greet them. But they know they are heading for an even bigger battle.
EXT. ISRAELI/SYRIAN BORDER – NIGHT

The Israeli defense system is wearing down. Huge EXPLOSIONS cause shrapnel to tear apart their armored defenses.

More missiles are on the way. The ground-to-air guns and missiles FIRE, intercepting them, but this time the impacts destroy the foundation of some of the guns.

Soldiers closet to the area begin to run in retreat.

More missiles are seen in the distance. The soldiers huddle behind a large building, grasping their weapons, holding their hats on, SIRENS BLARING.

The wind begins to pick up dramatically, clouds roll in, THUNDER ROARS over the sirens. Huge flashes of light illuminate the sky. EXPLOSIONS are heard in the distance.

One of the soldiers is brave enough to look around the building at what’s going on. He looks up to see Storm, hovering in mid-air, arms raised, controlling the lightning as it strikes the upcoming missiles.

SYRIAN DEFENSE BASE

Israeli jets race by.

ISRAELI PILOT
Get a lock on the target!

ISRAELI PILOT #2
It’s close, keep looking!

ISRAELI PILOT #3
Watch out!

The pilots find the place where the missiles are being launched from. The ground-to-air guns are defending the area, locking on to any targets that gets too close.

ISRAELI PILOT
We can’t get in range!

ISRAELI PILOT #3
What’s that down there?!

A blur goes across the terrain. It is Storm’s “son” racing through Syrian territory. The defense system picks him up, locks on, and begins FIRING. But he is too fast. The guns end up firing into other areas of the defense system blowing up the foundation. The system begins to shut down.

The Israeli planes make a U-turn towards the missile launching site. They Lock on and FIRE. The EXPLOSIONS cave in the ground around the missile launchers. Suddenly, Syrian planes fly passed them.

ISRAELI PILOT #2
They’re going after Storm!

ISRAELI PILOT #3
Catch ‘em! Catch ‘em!

ISRAELI PILOT
We can’t fire, we might hit her!

ISRAELI DEFENSE SYSTEM

The Syrian jets are fast. Storm is almost in their range when she spots them. They begin to fire. The sound of bullets fly passed her.

A Syrian pilot finally locks on, but before he can fire, an Israeli soldier mans a ground-to-air cannon and fires at him, destroying the plane.

The explosion pushes Storm back, out of control. She is already drained from using so much power. As she falls, people point and scream. Storm’s son arrives on-time to catch her. Soldiers cheer.
EXT. RUSSIAN/MONGOLIAN BORDER – EVENING

The bay door of the U.S. Plane opens. U.S. soldiers along with Colossus and Nightcrawler look down at the battle below. Shots begin to whirl passed the plane from a powerful gun on a roof.

Nightcrawler takes his spot on Colossus’ back as they jump out of the plane.

RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE

Teleporting closer the weapon, Colossus’ weight smashes the barrel and Nightcrawler knocks out the shooter.

They teleport to the ground, on the frontline, and charge at the enemy.

No one had come out on the battlefield this far, but they both, in their own way, make it across the field deeper into enemy territory.

The enemy is caught off guard. The Russian soldiers begin to fire on them, but they hold their own.

Colossus begins overturning tanks and throwing enemy soldiers here and there.

BASE ROOF

Nightcrawler finds another cannon atop of roof, knocks out the shooter, and turns the cannon on the enemy, FIRING away at ground troops and other cannons positioned on other buildings.

With the confusion stirring, more Mongolian soldiers decide to cross the battlefield into enemy territory, engaging soldiers along the way.

Reinforcements show up along with FREEDOM units. Their energy pulse weapons sting Colossus so much, he begins to fall back.

The troops from Mongolia have gained ground, but the enemy takes solid position again around their base. They do not want the missile launchers destroyed.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Update 09.28.2014Hello and a Happy Sunday! to you.
This past week has been busy on the blog, as you’ve seen. I have already set up a full slate of writing throughout the week. Scheduling blogs days before they post has been a huge help.
With today’s blog on the X-Men story, we are passed the halfway point. During this process, I’ve had time to read over quite a bit of the adventure. I realize there are improvements that can be made, certain details can be explained more clearly, etc. However, I also feel this is a never-ending process. Ultimately, a writer has to release the story some time. Do the best you can and let it go.
As far as the story’s content, it is intense from this point on. Past readers have commented that the beginning is a bit slow. The pacing can be improved. However, when the story does pick up, it’s full throttle for quite some time. I used a large sketch book to list characters, plot points, where everyone was supposed to be and when. A chore.
It’s funny now, but near the end of writing the story, I realized that I forgot to include “Jubilee” through most of the second and third Act. I had to scramble through everything, move scenes around…oh my goodness. But, she made it.
Even though I have introduced quite a few original characters within the script, I’m not able to turn this into a graphic novel without Marvel’s approval, of course. I did approach their Talent Department years ago. I would need to attend a Comic-Con event, preferably in San Diego, to present the story to them in person. I haven’t able to take the trip to attend the event. So, after all this time, I feel a little better that “someone” will be able to read it. If nothing else, it is the first example I have to show my style of storytelling.
Dialogue. Action sequences. Important messages embedded within the script. It’s all there. It’s a start. Since X-Men, I’ve written a few more feature-length screenplays, all original. Nothing 199 pages long, that’s for sure. One page usually equals a minute of screen time, so this screenplay would be a little over three hours long. lol. A tad much. :)
To the next subject. My freelance work in photography has slowed dramatically. From a “commercial” standpoint, the competition is winning, I will put it that way. More responses are coming from the art world and I feel more inspired to take my photography further in that direction. However, it’s financially more difficult to go in this direction. I need capital.
With this in mind, I began to look for opportunities as a creative writer and an editor, proofreading others’ work. Many potential clients want to see examples of my work. As I gathered my writing together, the collection was more than I realized. That’s when it dawned on me that “maybe” I should shift my attention from commercial photography to writing/editing full-time.
Honestly, it was a tough decision. A couple of nights, I had a hard time falling asleep. By Friday, I eased myself, my mind, into a new direction. I feel better now. Let the photos be artistic; let the writing/editing be the main goal. I feel lighter…like a huge weight is off my shoulders, but I can’t explain why. This is just the way it’s supposed to be.
Now, I’ve applied for some positions. One, especially, I got an initial response the next day. I freaked out, though I’m not sure if I’m qualified enough for the position. My degree is in Graphic Design…I’m really a photographer…certainly an artist… Anyway, I sent my first poetry book to someone and I may have an opportunity for exposure there. Their initial response was also positive. But I’m not telling anyone anything specific unless I get solid confirmations. I have to wait and see.
A former classmate messaged me on Facebook yesterday. He is in the Special Effects side of the film industry. We were roommates for a while during art school, but he already had a Degree from Germany, where he’s originally from. Yet another person that nudges me into Screenwriting. He has worked on a Clint Eastwood film, also with some of the crew on “2012.” I haven’t asked him what he’s been working on lately. I’m told he’s in New York for a while now…he was in Japan because…well, the work is there.
I’m rambling. My point is, when I have questions about what I should do at certain times in my life, people start showing up out of the blue and/or something happens that says, “Go this way.” I feel like that’s happening now. But I want to be sure I can really…realistically be a screenwriter and I’m not simply daydreaming or in fantasy land.
It’s settled then? Speak to all my contacts and see what I can do? What if I fail? Hmm…what if I succeed? ……I’m ready to go in, Coach! I’m ready. :)
Blessings.Eric Christopher Jackson

Update 09.28.2014
Hello and a Happy Sunday! to you.

This past week has been busy on the blog, as you’ve seen. I have already set up a full slate of writing throughout the week. Scheduling blogs days before they post has been a huge help.

With today’s blog on the X-Men story, we are passed the halfway point. During this process, I’ve had time to read over quite a bit of the adventure. I realize there are improvements that can be made, certain details can be explained more clearly, etc. However, I also feel this is a never-ending process. Ultimately, a writer has to release the story some time. Do the best you can and let it go.

As far as the story’s content, it is intense from this point on. Past readers have commented that the beginning is a bit slow. The pacing can be improved. However, when the story does pick up, it’s full throttle for quite some time. I used a large sketch book to list characters, plot points, where everyone was supposed to be and when. A chore.

It’s funny now, but near the end of writing the story, I realized that I forgot to include “Jubilee” through most of the second and third Act. I had to scramble through everything, move scenes around…oh my goodness. But, she made it.

Even though I have introduced quite a few original characters within the script, I’m not able to turn this into a graphic novel without Marvel’s approval, of course. I did approach their Talent Department years ago. I would need to attend a Comic-Con event, preferably in San Diego, to present the story to them in person. I haven’t able to take the trip to attend the event. So, after all this time, I feel a little better that “someone” will be able to read it. If nothing else, it is the first example I have to show my style of storytelling.

Dialogue. Action sequences. Important messages embedded within the script. It’s all there. It’s a start. Since X-Men, I’ve written a few more feature-length screenplays, all original. Nothing 199 pages long, that’s for sure. One page usually equals a minute of screen time, so this screenplay would be a little over three hours long. lol. A tad much. :)

To the next subject. My freelance work in photography has slowed dramatically. From a “commercial” standpoint, the competition is winning, I will put it that way. More responses are coming from the art world and I feel more inspired to take my photography further in that direction. However, it’s financially more difficult to go in this direction. I need capital.

With this in mind, I began to look for opportunities as a creative writer and an editor, proofreading others’ work. Many potential clients want to see examples of my work. As I gathered my writing together, the collection was more than I realized. That’s when it dawned on me that “maybe” I should shift my attention from commercial photography to writing/editing full-time.

Honestly, it was a tough decision. A couple of nights, I had a hard time falling asleep. By Friday, I eased myself, my mind, into a new direction. I feel better now. Let the photos be artistic; let the writing/editing be the main goal. I feel lighter…like a huge weight is off my shoulders, but I can’t explain why. This is just the way it’s supposed to be.

Now, I’ve applied for some positions. One, especially, I got an initial response the next day. I freaked out, though I’m not sure if I’m qualified enough for the position. My degree is in Graphic Design…I’m really a photographer…certainly an artist… Anyway, I sent my first poetry book to someone and I may have an opportunity for exposure there. Their initial response was also positive. But I’m not telling anyone anything specific unless I get solid confirmations. I have to wait and see.

A former classmate messaged me on Facebook yesterday. He is in the Special Effects side of the film industry. We were roommates for a while during art school, but he already had a Degree from Germany, where he’s originally from. Yet another person that nudges me into Screenwriting. He has worked on a Clint Eastwood film, also with some of the crew on “2012.” I haven’t asked him what he’s been working on lately. I’m told he’s in New York for a while now…he was in Japan because…well, the work is there.

I’m rambling. My point is, when I have questions about what I should do at certain times in my life, people start showing up out of the blue and/or something happens that says, “Go this way.” I feel like that’s happening now. But I want to be sure I can really…realistically be a screenwriter and I’m not simply daydreaming or in fantasy land.

It’s settled then? Speak to all my contacts and see what I can do? What if I fail? Hmm…what if I succeed? ……I’m ready to go in, Coach! I’m ready. :)

Blessings.
Eric Christopher Jackson

X-Men: The New Age (pgs.98-112) of 199Story by Eric Christopher Jackson
EXT. NYC STREETS – DAY
The sun rises over the city and Katie Lee begins to speak about the main news topic of the day with the news station in Washington D.C.
KATIE LEEIt began with the National Guard and now the Army Reserve has moved in to block off huge sections of the cities that came under attack yesterday, shortly before the voting booths closed on the East Coast. No media is allowed in the area. Even news helicopters do not have permission to fly into these air spaces. We can only speculate the reasons behind the military’s actions, though we have been receiving calls from the local residents. As they leave their homes, they cannot take their normal routes to work and other places. They are being detoured to other parts of the cities. The businesses closet to the voting centers are not going to open today. We are told that the military will remove all debris from the explosions before they will allow people to return. Rob.
ROBKatie, I believe many of our viewers get the feeling the government is using the military to hide what happened there. Could someone from our own government be behind these tragedies?
KATIEThat’s my guess, the White House Spokesman has not addressed the media at this point, which is very unusual after an event like this.
ROBStay on the scene, Katie. Maybe someone will tell you something about what happened yesterday.
KATIEI’ll definitely be here.
INT. NEWS STATION – WASHINGTON D.C. – DAY
ROBThank you, Katie, reporting from New York City. Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately, all we can do now is sit and wait for word from military officials or the White House. We pray that international terrorists are not involved. But, at this point, we can’t rule anything out until we know exactly what happened.(to Dan)Dan, do you have anything to add?
Dan is in standing in front of a large LED screen.
DANRobert, we have our own “experts” if you will, looking at the videos of the explosions from yesterday. As they study the film and compare it to other footage we have of recent explosions, we may be able to tell what kind of bombs were used in yesterday’s attacks.
ROBThat is remarkable. Leave those men to their work. We’re anxiously waiting to hear their thoughts. Any comments from them so far?
DANOnly that the technology is new, as far as explosives go. These bombs are more precise, more organized in how they explode. Like nothing they’ve ever seen before.
ROBDo you know if they’re ruling out the involvement of mutants in this incident?
DANYes, the explosions seem to be from man-made bombs, but as I said, their complexity is on another level. As you see here in the video, the bombs don’t go off at the same time “and” some of these explosions are smaller than others.
Dan runs the video of the NYC explosions back, then forward in slow motion.
DAN (CONT’D)They pretty much carve out a piece of this building before the huge explosion brings this wall of concrete down. Whoever is behind this is very smart and has access to advanced military technology.
ROBThere is a scary thought. Now folks, let’s not jump to conclusions here, but we have to put the pieces together. The more we look at the video, the more questions we ask, the faster we’ll get to the bottom of all of this. We’ll be back in a moment.
INT. RUSSIA – COLOSSUS’ HOME – NIGHT
Piotr Rasputin turns off the television with the remote control. He turns off the lights in his home.
EXT. COLOSSUS’ HOME – NIGHT
Piotr heads out the door and locks it. He starts his car and drives off. As he heads across the countryside, he turns on the XM Satellite radio to listen to the news reports from the U.S.
INT. NEWS STATION – WASHINGTON D.C. – DAY
ROBThey have their reasons behind this as well. Yes, the votes have all been counted, we know who the next President of the United States will be. However, military forces on the ground backup the message from the White House. No newscast will report the winner until their investigation is over. To my knowledge, they haven’t given any of us a reason why. But for the sake of national security and out of respect for our military forces, we are following these instructions.(pause)Wait, we’re getting an update. Katie, do you have something for us?
EXT. NYC STREETS – DAY
KATIEYes, Rob they have cleared this area in what seems like record time! Trucks have moved in to remove the barricades –
ROB— Wow, this is a sudden move by the ground forces, isn’t it?
KATIEIt seems that they’ve planned this very well and, Rob, the National Guard is pulling out. They are leaving the area! Our camera-man can show you, people are looking out the windows of their apartments wondering what’s going on –
ROB— Any word from the commander of these forces?
KATIEWait, soldiers are heading this way.(to Troy)Can you tell us what’s happening?!
TROYI’ve been ordered to tell you to wrap this up, now.
KATIEBut we’re live on –
TROY— I’m sorry. You and your crew go back to your news station, this armored vehicle will be your escort.
KATIEWhat?
TROY(into the camera)Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your cooperation up to this point, please stay off the streets until we give you further instructions. We’re simply looking out for everyone’s safety.
KATIESafety from who?
Troy backs up, looks around at his men quickly.
TROYLet’s go!
INT. NEWS STATION – DAY
The signal dies, the TV screens around the nation blank out and the feed returns to the main headquarters of the news media.
ROBWe’ve lost Katie! I don’t know what’s going on, but we’ve been told not to send additional reporters to the scene! If anyone can hear or see anything from your homes or wherever you are, contact the station immediately!
INT. NYC – UNDERGROUND FACILITY
Jim Slade, Rosenburg, and Captain Brenner are walking down a corridor to a lab.
SLADEI don’t think anyone knows I’m here. The news about the explosions has the media’s attention. What did you find?
BRENNERThis blue wiring was found at all the scenes, embedded into the concrete.
SLADEWhat’s so special about this?
BRENNERNothing really. It’s standard electrical lines that are normally apart of all modern architecture. Electricians started using it about five years ago. It creates more light using less power. Of course, cities who could afford it began purchasing this type of wire to save money and become “more green” as they call it.
SCIENCE LAB
They walk through double doors.
SLADEHow does this tie into the explosions?
BRENNERThose teams were already in position to blow up specific sections of those buildings. All of these building sections had been updated with these new wires. As you’ll see, when charged with the type of energy those soldiers were using in their weapons, the wires can ignite. Explode.
SLADEWhy didn’t this danger come up in the test results? Someone covered it up?
BRENNERI’ve never seen energy pulses like the ones they use in their weapons. I don’t think the inspectors knew it existed. Or enough officials looked away. But we all helped create this wire. Military technicians met at the U.N. from various countries to work together on finding another way to conserve resources globally. It’s tough to gather evidence that points to who is the most responsible.
SLADEIf the U.N. loses credibility, the mutant laws passed a few years ago will certainly be challenged. They’ll be held responsible for letting this threat go right passed them.
BRENNERIf I may say, sir, with only two months left in office, the current President has no power. And if the primaries indicate how yesterday’s vote went, you are the new President of the United States.
SLADEI know, I know. Suggestions?
BRENNERYou’re asking me?
SLADEYes.
BRENNERYou have to take control of the White House, right now, while we still have time. Get your cabinet members and staff together, go to Washington, D.C. The President has to step aside –
SLADE— He won’t allow that and you know it!
BRENNERYou asked me, sir!
SLADEAllan, Allan you’ve been quiet. What’s on your mind?
As Allan puts his hand on Rosenburg’s shoulder, Allan’s form changes. He is an imposter, a shape-shifter. MYSTIQUE. Eyes glowing, she swings at Slade’s head, but Slade dodges it.
The Captain rushes Mystique knocking her backwards, but a device attached to her palm lights up and FIRES an energy beam at the Captain hitting him in the chest, he falls to the ground.
Mystique turns her attention back to Slade, firing another energy beam. Slade leaps out of the way, the explosion behind him launches him forward into a wall.
HALLWAY
Military forces from the base run down the corridor to the room, but the door is jammed.
SCIENCE LAB
Mystique charges up the energy beam about to fire on Slade when the Captain hits her in the head with a metal container knocking her backwards.
The energy beam FIRES at the ceiling. Debris falls all around them.
Mystique hurls the Captain across the room when Slade jumps over a console and kicks her with both feet together. Only stunned, she knocks Slade back over the console and prepares to fire.
The Captain picks up a small container.
BRENNERCatch!
Mystique spins her arm around to fire on the Captain as the small container spins towards her. The energy beam hits to container first and EXPLODES knocking Mystique unconscious.
Slade and the Captain come up from hiding behind the fallen debris.
BRENNER (CONT’D)Are you alright?!
SLADEYeah. You?
BRENNERFine. How long has he been working for you?!
SLADEThey probably killed Rosenburg and sent this thing to us in his place. We should’ve detected she was a shifter, but our scans came up clean. But how?
BRENNERLook, she’s got the new tech gear implanted in her skin. Almost a replica of Rosenburg’s energy.
SLADEWhat did you throw at her?!
Brenner kneels down to hot-wire the room’s door.
BRENNERThe wiring. A taste of her own medicine. They probably used various levels of this energy pulse to detonate the explosives. Got it!
The Captain repaired enough of the wires to get the entrance open. Some of the soldiers storm into the room.
BRENNER (CONT’D)We gotta get you top-side, they may know we’re onto them.(to his men)Stay in groups. If something or someone seems out of place, notify everyone immediately.
GROUPYes, sir!
BRENNERMove out!
Jim Slade is escorted upwards by a large group of soldiers.
EXT. RUSSIA – MILITARY FACILITY – NIGHT
In the pouring rain, Piotr is running through trees and bushes in human form towards the facility in the distance. Spotlights are rotating back and forth. Security seems tight. He pauses to survey the property taking out a small device showing the facilities layout and his exact position.
Looking at the time on the screen, he moves forward.
A group of trucks can be heard and appear over a hill coming towards the rear of the building.
COLOSSUSOn time.
He moves in closer, closer as the trucks go by. As the last one passes, he runs out to its side and grabs onto the bottom of the truck.
REAR ENTRANCE
The door is opened to the facility and the trucks pull in. Russian soldiers exit the trucks and begin unloading material contained in crates, containers, and boxes by hand and with forklifts.
GENERAL WINSTROMTake these supplies down to the lab.
SOLDIERSYes, sir!
GENERAL WINSTROMCarefully! We don’t want to waste any of it!
INT. RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE – NIGHT
Soldiers escort long floating platforms of the supplies unloaded to a huge elevator door.
ELEVATOR
They enter and the elevator descends deep below the surface.
MEDICAL LAB
The doors open to a military medical lab, the platforms hover into the room and settle on the floor next to many other platforms just like it.
Two soldiers make sure the platforms are “off” and return to the elevator, heading back up to the surface.
Colossus emerges from the crates having a look around. Very dark, only emergency lights seem to be on, with a few faint glows from containers and monitors here and there. He and Nightcrawler had been in a place like this before. But this room holds more advanced technology. He is surprised it is kept basically unguarded.
He takes out his computer device to conduct a thermo scan of the area. Everything is cold, save the monitors and electrical equipment.
But something on the little screen seems to distort slightly for a split second. He looks towards that area, but cannot make out anything. He creeps over to get a closer look.
His eyes glow in the darkness, fully encased in his organic metal, the reflections of the dimly lit area show on his body. He stands up after deciding there are no cameras in the area. He slowly walks passed metal beams from the ceiling.
OMEGA RED (O.S.)We meet again, Piotr.
Colossus turns in various directions, looking, but not seeing anyone.
Omega Red’s yellow eyes glow in the darkness. The smoke vapors coming from his body is evidence of how cold he is. Faint light vaguely shows his red armor and pale skin.
COLOSSUSArkady?
OMEGA REDI will enjoy destroying you.
COLOSSUSThe X-Men will defeat you again, Arkady.
OMEGA REDI will have my revenge, and all of the X-Men will die, starting with you.
With that said, Omega Red’s whips shoot out at Colossus who jumps out of the way and they tie around iron beams.
Colossus picks up a monitor station and throws it at Omega Red knocking him backwards. Then he leaps forward punching Omega Red with lefts and rights charging up his strength with as much power as he can muster.
Omega Red grabs his fist and slings him across the room.
Colossus lands on balance.
But Omega Red is on top of him immediately punching and kicking in his own combinations. Then, he grabs Colossus with his whip and throws him across the room.
A bit dazed, Colossus gets off his back to his hands and knees.
Omega’s whip wraps around his neck and begins to drain his energy.
But apparently, Colossus as gotten stronger since their last encounter. He tries to pull the whip from around his neck, grabs the long end attached to Omega and begins to spin Omega swinging him around in a circle through monitors and glass containers.
Omega Red’s whip releasing from around Colossus’ neck and he’s thrown into crates against the wall.
As Colossus charges in to deliver a finishing blow a huge energy pulse hits him, knocking him off his feet.
The same team of special forces that killed Allan Rosenburg surround Colossus now. “FREEDOM” imprinted on their armor.
Omega Red leaps forward as Colossus is distracted, head-butting him.
Colossus stumbles backwards, more energy pulses fire at him, he’s stunned.
Omega’s whip wraps around him and begins to drain more energy. Then, throws him into more crates in the lab.
Colossus struggles to his knees, a whip comes, wraps around his neck, and pushes him against a wall, choking him and draining more power.
The FREEDOM leader, Shawn Johnson, walks forward, standing in front of Colossus. His suit lights up, he dials the device on his arm to charge his weapon to full power.
A long blade extends out of the hidden sheath, glowing bright lime green. With a pause, Johnson draws back and thrust the blade against Colossus’ stomach.
But at that moment, Colossus charges up his energy and as the blade hits his organic metal core, it breaks off from the his arm. Shawn lets out a loud cry.
COLOSSUSSo, you are human.
Omega Red rushes forward and punches Colossus’ head back through the wall. He is out cold.
The lab’s elevator doors open. General Winstrom walks in.
GENERAL WINSTROMContain him! I want to know exactly what kind of metal this is that can withstand our energy pulse. We need him alive to get useful results.
OMEGA REDNo! Destroy him now! He’s a threat to our –
GENERAL WINSTROMI am in charge now, Omega Red!
Russian soldiers surround Omega Red with weapons emitting a faint light blue color and vapor. Cold air.
GENERAL WINSTROM (CONT’D)You agreed to do this our way this time. Contrary to the past, our technology is advanced enough to send you back to the cold where you stand in a matter of seconds. However, we would rather work with you to control these mutants. They cannot stop us from reaching our ultimate victory.
OMEGA REDYour way. But make no mistake General, I will protect Mother Russia and all her glory.
GENERAL WINSTROMWe’re on the same side then, yes?(pause)Come. It is time. Time to take back what is ours and not simply restore Russia, but make her a greater power than she was before.
Colossus is locked down to a smaller hovering platform. Two units escort him to another medical lab room.
UPPER LEVEL
General Winstrom and Omega Red ascend to the surface level of the military base.
Anger blazes in Omega Red’s eyes, but in his mind, he knows this “age” is different. His own government has discovered a technology powerful enough to kill him.
MISSILE ROOM
Omega Red follows the General through a small double door. The room is completely dark.
GENERAL WINSTROMYou will see, Omega Red, we are on the same side.
Spotlights turn on in the foreground first, progressing to the background.
Omega Red’s eyes widen in surprise as he sees massive warheads ready to be fired within hours. The Bay doors open and crews roll out missiles and other ammunition to an open area where they could be loaded onto planes.
OMEGA RED(stepping forward, raising his arms)It is magnificent!
GENERAL WINSTROMYou were the last piece of the puzzle. If you faithfully cooperate with your government, the government that gave you life, you will be rewarded with great territory to rule over. We will be the greatest superpower to reign in history.(pause)Are you with us?
OMEGA RED(small smile)Aaahhh!
The General smiles and walks away, nodding to top officers to proceed with the plan.

TO BE CONTINUED…

X-Men: The New Age (pgs.98-112) of 199
Story by Eric Christopher Jackson

EXT. NYC STREETS – DAY

The sun rises over the city and Katie Lee begins to speak about the main news topic of the day with the news station in Washington D.C.

KATIE LEE
It began with the National Guard and now the Army Reserve has moved in to block off huge sections of the cities that came under attack yesterday, shortly before the voting booths closed on the East Coast. No media is allowed in the area. Even news helicopters do not have permission to fly into these air spaces. We can only speculate the reasons behind the military’s actions, though we have been receiving calls from the local residents. As they leave their homes, they cannot take their normal routes to work and other places. They are being detoured to other parts of the cities. The businesses closet to the voting centers are not going to open today. We are told that the military will remove all debris from the explosions before they will allow people to return. Rob.

ROB
Katie, I believe many of our viewers get the feeling the government is using the military to hide what happened there. Could someone from our own government be behind these tragedies?

KATIE
That’s my guess, the White House Spokesman has not addressed the media at this point, which is very unusual after an event like this.

ROB
Stay on the scene, Katie. Maybe someone will tell you something about what happened yesterday.

KATIE
I’ll definitely be here.

INT. NEWS STATION – WASHINGTON D.C. – DAY

ROB
Thank you, Katie, reporting from New York City. Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately, all we can do now is sit and wait for word from military officials or the White House. We pray that international terrorists are not involved. But, at this point, we can’t rule anything out until we know exactly what happened.
(to Dan)
Dan, do you have anything to add?

Dan is in standing in front of a large LED screen.

DAN
Robert, we have our own “experts” if you will, looking at the videos of the explosions from yesterday. As they study the film and compare it to other footage we have of recent explosions, we may be able to tell what kind of bombs were used in yesterday’s attacks.

ROB
That is remarkable. Leave those men to their work. We’re anxiously waiting to hear their thoughts. Any comments from them so far?

DAN
Only that the technology is new, as far as explosives go. These bombs are more precise, more organized in how they explode. Like nothing they’ve ever seen before.

ROB
Do you know if they’re ruling out the involvement of mutants in this incident?

DAN
Yes, the explosions seem to be from man-made bombs, but as I said, their complexity is on another level. As you see here in the video, the bombs don’t go off at the same time “and” some of these explosions are smaller than others.

Dan runs the video of the NYC explosions back, then forward in slow motion.

DAN (CONT’D)
They pretty much carve out a piece of this building before the huge explosion brings this wall of concrete down. Whoever is behind this is very smart and has access to advanced military technology.

ROB
There is a scary thought. Now folks, let’s not jump to conclusions here, but we have to put the pieces together. The more we look at the video, the more questions we ask, the faster we’ll get to the bottom of all of this. We’ll be back in a moment.

INT. RUSSIA – COLOSSUS’ HOME – NIGHT

Piotr Rasputin turns off the television with the remote control. He turns off the lights in his home.

EXT. COLOSSUS’ HOME – NIGHT

Piotr heads out the door and locks it. He starts his car and drives off. As he heads across the countryside, he turns on the XM Satellite radio to listen to the news reports from the U.S.

INT. NEWS STATION – WASHINGTON D.C. – DAY

ROB
They have their reasons behind this as well. Yes, the votes have all been counted, we know who the next President of the United States will be. However, military forces on the ground backup the message from the White House. No newscast will report the winner until their investigation is over. To my knowledge, they haven’t given any of us a reason why. But for the sake of national security and out of respect for our military forces, we are following these instructions.
(pause)
Wait, we’re getting an update. Katie, do you have something for us?

EXT. NYC STREETS – DAY

KATIE
Yes, Rob they have cleared this area in what seems like record time! Trucks have moved in to remove the barricades –

ROB
— Wow, this is a sudden move by the ground forces, isn’t it?

KATIE
It seems that they’ve planned this very well and, Rob, the National Guard is pulling out. They are leaving the area! Our camera-man can show you, people are looking out the windows of their apartments wondering what’s going on –

ROB
— Any word from the commander of these forces?

KATIE
Wait, soldiers are heading this way.
(to Troy)
Can you tell us what’s happening?!

TROY
I’ve been ordered to tell you to wrap this up, now.

KATIE
But we’re live on –

TROY
— I’m sorry. You and your crew go back to your news station, this armored vehicle will be your escort.

KATIE
What?

TROY
(into the camera)
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your cooperation up to this point, please stay off the streets until we give you further instructions. We’re simply looking out for everyone’s safety.

KATIE
Safety from who?

Troy backs up, looks around at his men quickly.

TROY
Let’s go!

INT. NEWS STATION – DAY

The signal dies, the TV screens around the nation blank out and the feed returns to the main headquarters of the news media.

ROB
We’ve lost Katie! I don’t know what’s going on, but we’ve been told not to send additional reporters to the scene! If anyone can hear or see anything from your homes or wherever you are, contact the station immediately!

INT. NYC – UNDERGROUND FACILITY

Jim Slade, Rosenburg, and Captain Brenner are walking down a corridor to a lab.

SLADE
I don’t think anyone knows I’m here. The news about the explosions has the media’s attention. What did you find?

BRENNER
This blue wiring was found at all the scenes, embedded into the concrete.

SLADE
What’s so special about this?

BRENNER
Nothing really. It’s standard electrical lines that are normally apart of all modern architecture. Electricians started using it about five years ago. It creates more light using less power. Of course, cities who could afford it began purchasing this type of wire to save money and become “more green” as they call it.

SCIENCE LAB

They walk through double doors.

SLADE
How does this tie into the explosions?

BRENNER
Those teams were already in position to blow up specific sections of those buildings. All of these building sections had been updated with these new wires. As you’ll see, when charged with the type of energy those soldiers were using in their weapons, the wires can ignite. Explode.

SLADE
Why didn’t this danger come up in the test results? Someone covered it up?

BRENNER
I’ve never seen energy pulses like the ones they use in their weapons. I don’t think the inspectors knew it existed. Or enough officials looked away. But we all helped create this wire. Military technicians met at the U.N. from various countries to work together on finding another way to conserve resources globally. It’s tough to gather evidence that points to who is the most responsible.

SLADE
If the U.N. loses credibility, the mutant laws passed a few years ago will certainly be challenged. They’ll be held responsible for letting this threat go right passed them.

BRENNER
If I may say, sir, with only two months left in office, the current President has no power. And if the primaries indicate how yesterday’s vote went, you are the new President of the United States.

SLADE
I know, I know. Suggestions?

BRENNER
You’re asking me?

SLADE
Yes.

BRENNER
You have to take control of the White House, right now, while we still have time. Get your cabinet members and staff together, go to Washington, D.C. The President has to step aside –

SLADE
— He won’t allow that and you know it!

BRENNER
You asked me, sir!

SLADE
Allan, Allan you’ve been quiet. What’s on your mind?

As Allan puts his hand on Rosenburg’s shoulder, Allan’s form changes. He is an imposter, a shape-shifter. MYSTIQUE. Eyes glowing, she swings at Slade’s head, but Slade dodges it.

The Captain rushes Mystique knocking her backwards, but a device attached to her palm lights up and FIRES an energy beam at the Captain hitting him in the chest, he falls to the ground.

Mystique turns her attention back to Slade, firing another energy beam. Slade leaps out of the way, the explosion behind him launches him forward into a wall.

HALLWAY

Military forces from the base run down the corridor to the room, but the door is jammed.

SCIENCE LAB

Mystique charges up the energy beam about to fire on Slade when the Captain hits her in the head with a metal container knocking her backwards.

The energy beam FIRES at the ceiling. Debris falls all around them.

Mystique hurls the Captain across the room when Slade jumps over a console and kicks her with both feet together. Only stunned, she knocks Slade back over the console and prepares to fire.

The Captain picks up a small container.

BRENNER
Catch!

Mystique spins her arm around to fire on the Captain as the small container spins towards her. The energy beam hits to container first and EXPLODES knocking Mystique unconscious.

Slade and the Captain come up from hiding behind the fallen debris.

BRENNER (CONT’D)
Are you alright?!

SLADE
Yeah. You?

BRENNER
Fine. How long has he been working for you?!

SLADE
They probably killed Rosenburg and sent this thing to us in his place. We should’ve detected she was a shifter, but our scans came up clean. But how?

BRENNER
Look, she’s got the new tech gear implanted in her skin. Almost a replica of Rosenburg’s energy.

SLADE
What did you throw at her?!

Brenner kneels down to hot-wire the room’s door.

BRENNER
The wiring. A taste of her own medicine. They probably used various levels of this energy pulse to detonate the explosives. Got it!

The Captain repaired enough of the wires to get the entrance open. Some of the soldiers storm into the room.

BRENNER (CONT’D)
We gotta get you top-side, they may know we’re onto them.
(to his men)
Stay in groups. If something or someone seems out of place, notify everyone immediately.

GROUP
Yes, sir!

BRENNER
Move out!

Jim Slade is escorted upwards by a large group of soldiers.

EXT. RUSSIA – MILITARY FACILITY – NIGHT

In the pouring rain, Piotr is running through trees and bushes in human form towards the facility in the distance. Spotlights are rotating back and forth. Security seems tight. He pauses to survey the property taking out a small device showing the facilities layout and his exact position.

Looking at the time on the screen, he moves forward.

A group of trucks can be heard and appear over a hill coming towards the rear of the building.

COLOSSUS
On time.

He moves in closer, closer as the trucks go by. As the last one passes, he runs out to its side and grabs onto the bottom of the truck.

REAR ENTRANCE

The door is opened to the facility and the trucks pull in. Russian soldiers exit the trucks and begin unloading material contained in crates, containers, and boxes by hand and with forklifts.

GENERAL WINSTROM
Take these supplies down to the lab.

SOLDIERS
Yes, sir!

GENERAL WINSTROM
Carefully! We don’t want to waste any of it!

INT. RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE – NIGHT

Soldiers escort long floating platforms of the supplies unloaded to a huge elevator door.

ELEVATOR

They enter and the elevator descends deep below the surface.

MEDICAL LAB

The doors open to a military medical lab, the platforms hover into the room and settle on the floor next to many other platforms just like it.

Two soldiers make sure the platforms are “off” and return to the elevator, heading back up to the surface.

Colossus emerges from the crates having a look around. Very dark, only emergency lights seem to be on, with a few faint glows from containers and monitors here and there. He and Nightcrawler had been in a place like this before. But this room holds more advanced technology. He is surprised it is kept basically unguarded.

He takes out his computer device to conduct a thermo scan of the area. Everything is cold, save the monitors and electrical equipment.

But something on the little screen seems to distort slightly for a split second. He looks towards that area, but cannot make out anything. He creeps over to get a closer look.

His eyes glow in the darkness, fully encased in his organic metal, the reflections of the dimly lit area show on his body. He stands up after deciding there are no cameras in the area. He slowly walks passed metal beams from the ceiling.

OMEGA RED (O.S.)
We meet again, Piotr.

Colossus turns in various directions, looking, but not seeing anyone.

Omega Red’s yellow eyes glow in the darkness. The smoke vapors coming from his body is evidence of how cold he is. Faint light vaguely shows his red armor and pale skin.

COLOSSUS
Arkady?

OMEGA RED
I will enjoy destroying you.

COLOSSUS
The X-Men will defeat you again, Arkady.

OMEGA RED
I will have my revenge, and all of the X-Men will die, starting with you.

With that said, Omega Red’s whips shoot out at Colossus who jumps out of the way and they tie around iron beams.

Colossus picks up a monitor station and throws it at Omega Red knocking him backwards. Then he leaps forward punching Omega Red with lefts and rights charging up his strength with as much power as he can muster.

Omega Red grabs his fist and slings him across the room.

Colossus lands on balance.

But Omega Red is on top of him immediately punching and kicking in his own combinations. Then, he grabs Colossus with his whip and throws him across the room.

A bit dazed, Colossus gets off his back to his hands and knees.

Omega’s whip wraps around his neck and begins to drain his energy.

But apparently, Colossus as gotten stronger since their last encounter. He tries to pull the whip from around his neck, grabs the long end attached to Omega and begins to spin Omega swinging him around in a circle through monitors and glass containers.

Omega Red’s whip releasing from around Colossus’ neck and he’s thrown into crates against the wall.

As Colossus charges in to deliver a finishing blow a huge energy pulse hits him, knocking him off his feet.

The same team of special forces that killed Allan Rosenburg surround Colossus now. “FREEDOM” imprinted on their armor.

Omega Red leaps forward as Colossus is distracted, head-butting him.

Colossus stumbles backwards, more energy pulses fire at him, he’s stunned.

Omega’s whip wraps around him and begins to drain more energy. Then, throws him into more crates in the lab.

Colossus struggles to his knees, a whip comes, wraps around his neck, and pushes him against a wall, choking him and draining more power.

The FREEDOM leader, Shawn Johnson, walks forward, standing in front of Colossus. His suit lights up, he dials the device on his arm to charge his weapon to full power.

A long blade extends out of the hidden sheath, glowing bright lime green. With a pause, Johnson draws back and thrust the blade against Colossus’ stomach.

But at that moment, Colossus charges up his energy and as the blade hits his organic metal core, it breaks off from the his arm. Shawn lets out a loud cry.

COLOSSUS
So, you are human.

Omega Red rushes forward and punches Colossus’ head back through the wall. He is out cold.

The lab’s elevator doors open. General Winstrom walks in.

GENERAL WINSTROM
Contain him! I want to know exactly what kind of metal this is that can withstand our energy pulse. We need him alive to get useful results.

OMEGA RED
No! Destroy him now! He’s a threat to our –

GENERAL WINSTROM
I am in charge now, Omega Red!

Russian soldiers surround Omega Red with weapons emitting a faint light blue color and vapor. Cold air.

GENERAL WINSTROM (CONT’D)
You agreed to do this our way this time. Contrary to the past, our technology is advanced enough to send you back to the cold where you stand in a matter of seconds. However, we would rather work with you to control these mutants. They cannot stop us from reaching our ultimate victory.

OMEGA RED
Your way. But make no mistake General, I will protect Mother Russia and all her glory.

GENERAL WINSTROM
We’re on the same side then, yes?
(pause)
Come. It is time. Time to take back what is ours and not simply restore Russia, but make her a greater power than she was before.

Colossus is locked down to a smaller hovering platform. Two units escort him to another medical lab room.

UPPER LEVEL

General Winstrom and Omega Red ascend to the surface level of the military base.

Anger blazes in Omega Red’s eyes, but in his mind, he knows this “age” is different. His own government has discovered a technology powerful enough to kill him.

MISSILE ROOM

Omega Red follows the General through a small double door. The room is completely dark.

GENERAL WINSTROM
You will see, Omega Red, we are on the same side.

Spotlights turn on in the foreground first, progressing to the background.

Omega Red’s eyes widen in surprise as he sees massive warheads ready to be fired within hours. The Bay doors open and crews roll out missiles and other ammunition to an open area where they could be loaded onto planes.

OMEGA RED
(stepping forward, raising his arms)
It is magnificent!

GENERAL WINSTROM
You were the last piece of the puzzle. If you faithfully cooperate with your government, the government that gave you life, you will be rewarded with great territory to rule over. We will be the greatest superpower to reign in history.
(pause)
Are you with us?

OMEGA RED
(small smile)
Aaahhh!

The General smiles and walks away, nodding to top officers to proceed with the plan.

TO BE CONTINUED…

X-Men: The New Age (pgs.83-98) of 199Story by Eric Christopher Jackson
EXT. UNITED STATES – VARIOUS CITIES – DAY
People stand in line outside across the nation, waiting to vote. Cities in the north, south, east, and west, people are shown standing in the streets, cheering, celebrating.
People are talking to news reporters on the scene, smiles on their faces, flags flying, t-shirts, buttons, balloons, sported for their candidate.
Cars are driving by, honking their horns across the nation, everyone is upbeat. No sign of anti-mutant propaganda anywhere. The country seems to be united on this issue.
From city to city, members of the X-Men, Excalibur, Avengers, along with other mutants are seen in and around voting centers casting their vote parading the same memorabilia for their candidate.
EXT. NYC VOTING CENTER – 7PM
The sun beginning to set. The voting center promises to stay open longer until the remaining people in line have voted. Scott Summers and Jean Grey are outside of the voting center.
The National Guard is patrolling the streets. People are hanging around the area long after they’ve voted. Helicopters fly overhead, helping the men on the ground keep an eye on things. Scott and Jean watch a helicopter fly by.
JEAN GREY(teary-eyed)Wow, what a day. It’s just –
CYCLOPS— Amazing.(pause)Unbelievable.
JEAN GREYI am so glad our child will be able to see all of this.
CYCLOPSI thought the day would never end. Our vote is going to change the world –
– The street lights flicker. Everyone pauses. Jean feels a bit faint.
CYCLOPS (CONT’D)Jean…
JEAN GREYI…
The world seems to stand still for a moment. Then, an explosion across the street from the second story of a building. Pieces of concrete fly into the street.
People began to scream, then run. As Scott and Jean began to run towards the explosion, another explosion occurs down the street, then another. Everyone is startled, not knowing which way to run.
Jean Grey runs down the street and holds up huge fragments falling from buildings in front of her. Cyclops runs to the area where the first explosion occurred and helps people stuck under debris.
Suddenly, from a city bus driven to the top of a parking garage, a man shouts out.
MANDie mutants!
Jean Grey is struggling to hold up the mounting pieces of falling debris throughout the busy city streets…
JEAN GREYIt’s too much! I can’t hold it! Scott! Scott!
Cyclops is busy filtering people to safety and firing away falling debris when he looks back across the street and sees Jean Grey losing her control over falling debris. He runs towards her.
CYCLOPSJean!
Debris starts to fall. Cyclops is running to Jean, the city bus rides off the parking garage roof breaking through the cement barrier, falling towards Jean, who is a bit disoriented.
A mother and child run into Jean and she covers them as the city bus and debris are falling towards them overhead.Shots are fired from different directions, Cyclops shoots them all with a wave of his optic beam as he reaches Jean Grey’s side.
CYCLOPS (CONT’D)Get down!
Cyclops looks up, rips his glasses off his face and FIRES a powerful, wide optic blast dead center of the falling city bus and debris.
A huge EXPLOSION is heard through the city as the bus and cement blocks are practically vaporized, missing Cyclops, Jean, the mother, and the child.
CYCLOPS (CONT’D)(puts his glasses back on)Are you alright?!
They all hug Scott so tightly he is almost embarrassed as they repeat their “thank you”s.
CYCLOPS (CONT’D)(to Jean Grey)How’s your power?
JEANIt’s coming back. I’m fine, I just…
CYCLOPSIt’s okay Jean –
JEAN GREY— No! I’m so sorry. Someone could’ve gotten killed because — !
CYCLOPS— Them! Because of them! They set these bombs, they set us up! They knew we would come out here to help people!
JEAN GREYI know. I…
CYCLOPSCome on. This isn’t over yet, we have to get outta here.
All the while, Jean is thinking, ”I’m gonna be strong enough next time.”
As they run down the street, grenades are thrown in their direction, but Cyclops cannot tell where they are coming from.
Suddenly, he spots a man firing a grenade from a launcher, but they are unable to move away in time.
Streams of plasma energy intercept it, causing a mid-air explosion. Then Jubilee shoots the man who attacked them. They find cover in a restaurant, kneeling on the floor.
JUBILEEAre you guys hurt?!
CYCLOPSJubilee! Thank you! We have to get out here, now!
JEAN GREYThe X-Jet is coming.
CYCLOPSWhere?
JEAN GREYAbove us.
CYCLOPSJubilee, did anyone come with you?
JUBILEENo, I wanted to hang out here after class.
Another explosion happens nearby, the National Guard returns fire.
CYCLOPSWe need to get to the roof, get Jean out of here, and help the National Guard fight whoever’s behind this.
JEANNo! I want you to stay with me!
CYCLOPSI have to –
JEAN— I do not want our child growing up without a father!
Cyclops doesn’t know what to say.
JUBILEEThey’re coming this way!
Professor Xavier telepathically gets their attention.
PROFESSOR XAVIER (O.S.)X-Men, get to the roof, it’s too dangerous for me to land anywhere near here.
The X-Jet flies by avoiding gunfire from the rooftops of the city.
EXT. RESTAURANT ROOF – DAY
The roof is clear as Cyclops and Jubilee check around. They see the X-Jet flying overhead, grenades are LAUNCHED at it, the X-Jet dodges them in the distance to avoid heavy damage.
JUBILEEIt’s going by too fast!
Shots FIRE from the roof of the building across the street at them. They’ve been spotted. They see teams of men on other rooftops in the area adjusting their positions to fire at them. Cyclops and Jubilee fire back a few shots and duck for cover.
CYCLOPSThe Professor can’t pick us up, their target is the X-Jet.
JEAN GREYIf we stay here, we won’t survive. We have to fight them off.
CYCLOPSToo many people will be hurt in the process. These buildings are full of businesses –
JUBILEE— The Professor’s coming back!
Cyclops grits his teeth, he stands up FIRING a few more shots, then sees a grenade launcher being loaded to fire directly at the building they’re on.
CYCLOPSBack up!
Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Jubilee back away from the edge of the building.
EXT. BUSINESS ROOF – DAY
The grenade launcher is set to fire when, suddenly, a beam pierces the launcher, splitting it in two.
At the entrance of a stairwell door, Henry McCoy, code name Beast, stands holding a powerful weapon.
The men turn towards him and open FIRE. He dodges every bullet and FIRES his own weapon, cutting their guns to pieces.
The men charge at him swinging, punching, but he avoids their fists, returning punches and kicks of his own, knocking them on their backs as they come.
RESTAURANT ROOF
By this time, the X-Jet settles above Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Jubilee long enough for them to enter the lowered bay door.
CYCLOPSWe have to get Hank! Their reinforcements are coming!
Just then, Professor Xavier veers the plane left to narrowly avoid a grenade shot at them from a nearby roof. The Professor turns the plane around and suddenly sees Beast.
PROFESSOR XAVIER(telepathically)Hank, behind you…!
BUSINESS ROOF
Men from the roof behind him stand up, weapons locked onto Beast, he leaps forward as a few shots are fired, one bullet going through the side edge of his arm and one through the side of his leg.
He falls to the ground, rolls and sees more men coming through the entrance on the roof he’s on. He knows he doesn’t have enough time to move out of the way and the X-Jet is approaching him overhead, still being fired upon.
The men prepare to fire as they dodge the laser beams he fires while lying on his back. A few step out to fire, he closes his eyes, hears the gunshots, but instead of feeling pain, he hears the screams of these men.
He opens his eyes to see the National Guard on the roof disarming and FIRING at his attackers.
Beast turns to his right, looking up to see Jubilee running to his side. Suddenly, she fires plasma blasts passed him, knocking an armed man down who was hiding to shoot them at the right moment. A determined look on her face, Jubilee helps Beast up the best she can.
INT. THE X-JET
They make it into the X-Jet. Professor Xavier is still at the controls.
PROFESSOR XAVIERHold on!
Another grenade is FIRED at them as he pulls away from the rooftops. They hear an explosion which forces the plane forward, but no serious damage has been done.
A grenade was fired at them, but the National Guard fired a blast of their own to intercept it. A trail of smoke and energy hang in the air that marks the collision.
PROFESSOR XAVIER (CONT’D)(telepathically to National Guard)Thank you, thank you for helping us.
BUSINESS ROOF
Some soldiers turn towards to plane flying off in the distance and salute, some give a wave, a nod. They clear the area and began searching for the more armed men.
NYC STREETS
Other soldiers look through the rubble and buildings trying to figure out how they were set to detonate. One soldier, HORNER, sees something and calls it in to CAPTAIN BRENNER.
HORNER(comm-link)Captain.
BRENNER(comm-link)Go ahead.
HORNERI found something in Area 4, you need to see this.
Other soldiers come over to look at what was found, including JACOBS.
JACOBSAre you sure you want to report this? I mean –
HORNER— We have to.
The captain rides up in a heavily armored jeep, jumps out of the passenger side.
BRENNERWhat is it?
Horner shows a thin, light blue wire coming out of the concrete to Captain Brenner.
BRENNER (CONT’D)You found anymore like this?
JACOBSOver here, sir!
The Captain walks over, more thin, light blue wiring.
BRENNEROkay gentlemen, let’s not jump to conclusions. You understand?!
ALLYes, sir.
BRENNERStill…(long pause, stares at the wire)This raises a lot of questions. We need to get to the bottom of this. Fast! Horner, take your team further south. The rest of you stay here and keep your eyes open! Jacobs, take the guys we took into custody to base, I want them interrogated immediately! We give our full report at 2200 hours! Let’s go!
HORNERI’m sorry, Captain, uhh –
BRENNER— The voting booths on the west coast prepared to close down when they heard about what happened here. The people wouldn’t go home. Teams were sent out to find any explosives set to detonate.(pause)They found them before they blew. We were lucky this time.
JACOBSWhy wouldn’t they all detonate at once around the country?
BRENNERMaybe something went wrong, I don’t know, but these people aren’t stupid. They have upgrades on their weapons I didn’t know existed. Find what you can, whatever looks suspicious, get back to me. Let’s move out!
EXT. X-MANSION – NIGHT
In the sky, high above the state. Suddenly, thunder is heard, lighting flashes across the sky as clouds form. A silver streak flies across the sky. Storm lands on the balcony of her room.
INT. X-MANSION SUBBASEMENT – PATIENT ROOM
Jean Grey lies in bed, hooked to monitors. Jubilee holds her hand.
MEDICAL AREA
Beast’s wounds are being wrapped up by Cyclops.
BEASTShe exerted a large amount of energy, Scott. She’s more tired than wounded.
CYCLOPSIs the baby alright?
BEASTYes. Although Jean was under a terrible amount of stress that could cause harm to the child, the baby is resilient. I found no ill-effects.
CYCLOPSShe’s not going back out there, Hank. No more missions, that is it! I don’t care if we have to tie her down to the bed.
BEASTI agree, but knowing Jean Grey we may very well have to.
Jubilee begins to walk away.
JUBILEE(to Cyclops)I know Jean will be fine, Scott. Don’t worry.
CYCLOPSThings are different now. She has to understand that! I will not lose her or our child. I will not! We have to find these people and put an end to their operations before they cause more chaos.
JEAN GREY (O.S.)Our baby needs his father.
CYCLOPSJean.
JEAN GREY (O.S.)This is “our” baby. I can’t do this by myself.
PATIENT ROOM
Cyclops walks to her side. Beast stands at the entrance.
CYCLOPSWhat are you asking me to do?
JEAN GREYBe Scott Summers, not Cyclops, not the leader of the X-Men.(pause)Please.
CYCLOPSHoney, this battle isn’t over yet.
JEAN GREYYes it is. For us, it is.(to Beast)This battle should be over for all of us, Hank.(tears fall, to Cyclops)I want my life to be normal! I don’t wanna do this anymore!(pause)I risked my life over and over and I may lose it if I do this again. My baby’s life will be gone, my marriage will be over, I can’t be happy –
CYCLOPS— Sweetie, sweetie, look at me. I’m not going to let that happen.
JEAN GREYI’m tired, Scott. I am tired!
She begins to cry in his arms.
In the background, the other X-Men stand in silence. Professor Xavier enters the room. Jubilee leans on a wall behind him.
PROFESSOR XAVIERI invite you all to stay here as long as you’d like. Although this is the most well-known facility for mutants, it is also the most protected. I cannot ask you and do not wish for you to go on any new missions. I believe the only way we can win this new battle is to let people lead the way. I have already contacted the current administration, letting them know the X-Men are no more. This school will continue to accept students, but none of them will be trained to become future X-Men.
JUBILEEWhat happens, if things get worse, if these people attack again?
PROFESSOR XAVIERThey will have to come to us. I will not send you out to them.
JUBILEEI never thought you’d say something like this.
PROFESSOR XAVIERI feel that we are more human than we thought. Dinner is almost ready, if any of you, at least, would like something to eat before you leave.
Professor Xavier exits the room. The X-Men look around at each other, finding themselves in unfamiliar territory.
JUBILEEHank, what are you thinking?
BEASTThough, I am not happy about being shot at…
JUBILEEYou want to walk away?
BEASTYes.(pause)I guess I could get something to eat.
They all give a faint smile, Jean gets off the bed, Scott moves to stop her, but thinks better of it. Jean Grey and Jubilee go arm in arm towards the door along with Cyclops and Beast following. Storm is in the doorway, waiting for them with open arms. No one wants to talk about what happened that night.
INT. THE WHITE HOUSE – NIGHT
A phone conversation is taking place between Secretary of Defense, BENJAMIN TURNER, and Captain Brenner, whom is still in New York City.
TURNERI want you to keep a lid of this, I mean everybody! No leaks to the press, nothing! Intel has to confirm these findings before we take any kind of action.
EXT. NYC STREETS – NIGHT
Captain Brenner stands next to an armored vehicle as his men wait behind him for orders.
BRENNERSir, what should we do about the scene?
TURNERMake sure your men keep those areas locked down tight! Use as many men as you need!(pause)If this gets out, I don’t have to tell you about the media frenzy.
BRENNERSir, I agree.
TURNERDo what you have to. I’ll brief the President asap, and remember, no journalists, no photographers, no camera crews.
BRENNERMy men have already set up perimeters. We have a second team scouting the areas to make sure they’re clear.
TURNERWill this work?
BRENNERSir, most of the people fled the scene on their own, to get away from the explosions. We’re focused on “keeping” the streets clear.
TURNERGood work, Captain. You and your men are to be commended.
BRENNERThank you, sir.
The Secretary of Defense hangs up the phone. The Captain pauses to take an incoming call on his radio…
VOICE (O.S.)Captain.
BRENNERGo ahead.
VOICE (O.S.)The mobile lab has the results on the wire. They want you to confirm.
BRENNERI’m on my way.(turns to soldiers)Troy.
TROYYes, sir?
BRENNERI don’t know how well connected these people are. Make sure everybody stays awake. You got me?
TROYYes, sir.
BRENNERI’m going to the lab. Let’s hope we’re wrong.
The Captain jumps into the heavily armored jeep and the driver pulls away.
The rest of the National Guard stand ready, guns drawn, night vision scopes on, snipers on the roofs looking over the area, making sure pictures aren’t taken and no threat is approaching.
INT. X-MANSION – KITCHEN – NIGHT
Some of the X-Men pack their dinner “to go.”
PROFESSOR XAVIERLeaving so soon?
STORMI have to go. If I do not leave now I will be out there looking for those men before I realize it.
PROFESSOR XAVIERI understand.
STORMYou do?! Because I don’t.
PROFESSOR XAVIEROroro, our habits are hard to change. And your instincts take over. But you realize now that your life is more than this. What it has been before.
Storm slams the knife down on the counter, turns, leans against the counter and begins to cry. Xavier puts his hand on her arm. Ororo gives him a quick hug and kiss on the cheek, then turns and walks quickly out of the kitchen. Xavier hears the wind pick up and thunder roar in the sky. Storm is leaving.
Professor Xavier turns to see the other X-Men following suit. Beast, Jubilee, Cyclops, and Jean Grey, each with food in hand, say their good-byes to the Professor. One by one, they leave, heading in different directions.
FOYER
The Professor is in the front doorway, watching his X-Men, his former X-Men, go out to live lives of their own. His tears begin to fall, but as his head is bowed down, a smile appears on his face, he looks up. In his heart, he knows this is a new chapter in itself.
SUBBASEMENT
To each room, he shuts off the lights, the power grids, the Danger Room, the medical facility, the War Room, and finally the hanger bay holding the X-Jet.
ELEVATOR
He heads to the second floor.
BEDROOM
He slides out of the chair into his bed and under the covers. He looks out the window with wonderment on his face about what the next day will bring. Then, slowly drifts off the sleep.

X-Men: The New Age (pgs.83-98) of 199
Story by Eric Christopher Jackson

EXT. UNITED STATES – VARIOUS CITIES – DAY

People stand in line outside across the nation, waiting to vote. Cities in the north, south, east, and west, people are shown standing in the streets, cheering, celebrating.

People are talking to news reporters on the scene, smiles on their faces, flags flying, t-shirts, buttons, balloons, sported for their candidate.

Cars are driving by, honking their horns across the nation, everyone is upbeat. No sign of anti-mutant propaganda anywhere. The country seems to be united on this issue.

From city to city, members of the X-Men, Excalibur, Avengers, along with other mutants are seen in and around voting centers casting their vote parading the same memorabilia for their candidate.

EXT. NYC VOTING CENTER – 7PM

The sun beginning to set. The voting center promises to stay open longer until the remaining people in line have voted. Scott Summers and Jean Grey are outside of the voting center.

The National Guard is patrolling the streets. People are hanging around the area long after they’ve voted. Helicopters fly overhead, helping the men on the ground keep an eye on things. Scott and Jean watch a helicopter fly by.

JEAN GREY
(teary-eyed)
Wow, what a day. It’s just –

CYCLOPS
— Amazing.
(pause)
Unbelievable.

JEAN GREY
I am so glad our child will be able to see all of this.

CYCLOPS
I thought the day would never end. Our vote is going to change the world –

– The street lights flicker. Everyone pauses. Jean feels a bit faint.

CYCLOPS (CONT’D)
Jean…

JEAN GREY
I…

The world seems to stand still for a moment. Then, an explosion across the street from the second story of a building. Pieces of concrete fly into the street.

People began to scream, then run. As Scott and Jean began to run towards the explosion, another explosion occurs down the street, then another. Everyone is startled, not knowing which way to run.

Jean Grey runs down the street and holds up huge fragments falling from buildings in front of her. Cyclops runs to the area where the first explosion occurred and helps people stuck under debris.

Suddenly, from a city bus driven to the top of a parking garage, a man shouts out.

MAN
Die mutants!

Jean Grey is struggling to hold up the mounting pieces of falling debris throughout the busy city streets…

JEAN GREY
It’s too much! I can’t hold it! Scott! Scott!

Cyclops is busy filtering people to safety and firing away falling debris when he looks back across the street and sees Jean Grey losing her control over falling debris. He runs towards her.

CYCLOPS
Jean!

Debris starts to fall. Cyclops is running to Jean, the city bus rides off the parking garage roof breaking through the cement barrier, falling towards Jean, who is a bit disoriented.

A mother and child run into Jean and she covers them as the city bus and debris are falling towards them overhead.
Shots are fired from different directions, Cyclops shoots them all with a wave of his optic beam as he reaches Jean Grey’s side.

CYCLOPS (CONT’D)
Get down!

Cyclops looks up, rips his glasses off his face and FIRES a powerful, wide optic blast dead center of the falling city bus and debris.

A huge EXPLOSION is heard through the city as the bus and cement blocks are practically vaporized, missing Cyclops, Jean, the mother, and the child.

CYCLOPS (CONT’D)
(puts his glasses back on)
Are you alright?!

They all hug Scott so tightly he is almost embarrassed as they repeat their “thank you”s.

CYCLOPS (CONT’D)
(to Jean Grey)
How’s your power?

JEAN
It’s coming back. I’m fine, I just…

CYCLOPS
It’s okay Jean –

JEAN GREY
— No! I’m so sorry. Someone could’ve gotten killed because — !

CYCLOPS
— Them! Because of them! They set these bombs, they set us up! They knew we would come out here to help people!

JEAN GREY
I know. I…

CYCLOPS
Come on. This isn’t over yet, we have to get outta here.

All the while, Jean is thinking, ”I’m gonna be strong enough next time.”

As they run down the street, grenades are thrown in their direction, but Cyclops cannot tell where they are coming from.

Suddenly, he spots a man firing a grenade from a launcher, but they are unable to move away in time.

Streams of plasma energy intercept it, causing a mid-air explosion. Then Jubilee shoots the man who attacked them. They find cover in a restaurant, kneeling on the floor.

JUBILEE
Are you guys hurt?!

CYCLOPS
Jubilee! Thank you! We have to get out here, now!

JEAN GREY
The X-Jet is coming.

CYCLOPS
Where?

JEAN GREY
Above us.

CYCLOPS
Jubilee, did anyone come with you?

JUBILEE
No, I wanted to hang out here after class.

Another explosion happens nearby, the National Guard returns fire.

CYCLOPS
We need to get to the roof, get Jean out of here, and help the National Guard fight whoever’s behind this.

JEAN
No! I want you to stay with me!

CYCLOPS
I have to –

JEAN
— I do not want our child growing up without a father!

Cyclops doesn’t know what to say.

JUBILEE
They’re coming this way!

Professor Xavier telepathically gets their attention.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (O.S.)
X-Men, get to the roof, it’s too dangerous for me to land anywhere near here.

The X-Jet flies by avoiding gunfire from the rooftops of the city.

EXT. RESTAURANT ROOF – DAY

The roof is clear as Cyclops and Jubilee check around. They see the X-Jet flying overhead, grenades are LAUNCHED at it, the X-Jet dodges them in the distance to avoid heavy damage.

JUBILEE
It’s going by too fast!

Shots FIRE from the roof of the building across the street at them. They’ve been spotted. They see teams of men on other rooftops in the area adjusting their positions to fire at them. Cyclops and Jubilee fire back a few shots and duck for cover.

CYCLOPS
The Professor can’t pick us up, their target is the X-Jet.

JEAN GREY
If we stay here, we won’t survive. We have to fight them off.

CYCLOPS
Too many people will be hurt in the process. These buildings are full of businesses –

JUBILEE
— The Professor’s coming back!

Cyclops grits his teeth, he stands up FIRING a few more shots, then sees a grenade launcher being loaded to fire directly at the building they’re on.

CYCLOPS
Back up!

Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Jubilee back away from the edge of the building.

EXT. BUSINESS ROOF – DAY

The grenade launcher is set to fire when, suddenly, a beam pierces the launcher, splitting it in two.

At the entrance of a stairwell door, Henry McCoy, code name Beast, stands holding a powerful weapon.

The men turn towards him and open FIRE. He dodges every bullet and FIRES his own weapon, cutting their guns to pieces.

The men charge at him swinging, punching, but he avoids their fists, returning punches and kicks of his own, knocking them on their backs as they come.

RESTAURANT ROOF

By this time, the X-Jet settles above Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Jubilee long enough for them to enter the lowered bay door.

CYCLOPS
We have to get Hank! Their reinforcements are coming!

Just then, Professor Xavier veers the plane left to narrowly avoid a grenade shot at them from a nearby roof. The Professor turns the plane around and suddenly sees Beast.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
(telepathically)
Hank, behind you…!

BUSINESS ROOF

Men from the roof behind him stand up, weapons locked onto Beast, he leaps forward as a few shots are fired, one bullet going through the side edge of his arm and one through the side of his leg.

He falls to the ground, rolls and sees more men coming through the entrance on the roof he’s on. He knows he doesn’t have enough time to move out of the way and the X-Jet is approaching him overhead, still being fired upon.

The men prepare to fire as they dodge the laser beams he fires while lying on his back. A few step out to fire, he closes his eyes, hears the gunshots, but instead of feeling pain, he hears the screams of these men.

He opens his eyes to see the National Guard on the roof disarming and FIRING at his attackers.

Beast turns to his right, looking up to see Jubilee running to his side. Suddenly, she fires plasma blasts passed him, knocking an armed man down who was hiding to shoot them at the right moment. A determined look on her face, Jubilee helps Beast up the best she can.

INT. THE X-JET

They make it into the X-Jet. Professor Xavier is still at the controls.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Hold on!

Another grenade is FIRED at them as he pulls away from the rooftops. They hear an explosion which forces the plane forward, but no serious damage has been done.

A grenade was fired at them, but the National Guard fired a blast of their own to intercept it. A trail of smoke and energy hang in the air that marks the collision.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (CONT’D)
(telepathically to National Guard)
Thank you, thank you for helping us.

BUSINESS ROOF

Some soldiers turn towards to plane flying off in the distance and salute, some give a wave, a nod. They clear the area and began searching for the more armed men.

NYC STREETS

Other soldiers look through the rubble and buildings trying to figure out how they were set to detonate. One soldier, HORNER, sees something and calls it in to CAPTAIN BRENNER.

HORNER
(comm-link)
Captain.

BRENNER
(comm-link)
Go ahead.

HORNER
I found something in Area 4, you need to see this.

Other soldiers come over to look at what was found, including JACOBS.

JACOBS
Are you sure you want to report this? I mean –

HORNER
— We have to.

The captain rides up in a heavily armored jeep, jumps out of the passenger side.

BRENNER
What is it?

Horner shows a thin, light blue wire coming out of the concrete to Captain Brenner.

BRENNER (CONT’D)
You found anymore like this?

JACOBS
Over here, sir!

The Captain walks over, more thin, light blue wiring.

BRENNER
Okay gentlemen, let’s not jump to conclusions. You understand?!

ALL
Yes, sir.

BRENNER
Still…
(long pause, stares at the wire)
This raises a lot of questions. We need to get to the bottom of this. Fast! Horner, take your team further south. The rest of you stay here and keep your eyes open! Jacobs, take the guys we took into custody to base, I want them interrogated immediately! We give our full report at 2200 hours! Let’s go!

HORNER
I’m sorry, Captain, uhh –

BRENNER
— The voting booths on the west coast prepared to close down when they heard about what happened here. The people wouldn’t go home. Teams were sent out to find any explosives set to detonate.
(pause)
They found them before they blew. We were lucky this time.

JACOBS
Why wouldn’t they all detonate at once around the country?

BRENNER
Maybe something went wrong, I don’t know, but these people aren’t stupid. They have upgrades on their weapons I didn’t know existed. Find what you can, whatever looks suspicious, get back to me. Let’s move out!

EXT. X-MANSION – NIGHT

In the sky, high above the state. Suddenly, thunder is heard, lighting flashes across the sky as clouds form. A silver streak flies across the sky. Storm lands on the balcony of her room.

INT. X-MANSION SUBBASEMENT – PATIENT ROOM

Jean Grey lies in bed, hooked to monitors. Jubilee holds her hand.

MEDICAL AREA

Beast’s wounds are being wrapped up by Cyclops.

BEAST
She exerted a large amount of energy, Scott. She’s more tired than wounded.

CYCLOPS
Is the baby alright?

BEAST
Yes. Although Jean was under a terrible amount of stress that could cause harm to the child, the baby is resilient. I found no ill-effects.

CYCLOPS
She’s not going back out there, Hank. No more missions, that is it! I don’t care if we have to tie her down to the bed.

BEAST
I agree, but knowing Jean Grey we may very well have to.

Jubilee begins to walk away.

JUBILEE
(to Cyclops)
I know Jean will be fine, Scott. Don’t worry.

CYCLOPS
Things are different now. She has to understand that! I will not lose her or our child. I will not! We have to find these people and put an end to their operations before they cause more chaos.

JEAN GREY (O.S.)
Our baby needs his father.

CYCLOPS
Jean.

JEAN GREY (O.S.)
This is “our” baby. I can’t do this by myself.

PATIENT ROOM

Cyclops walks to her side. Beast stands at the entrance.

CYCLOPS
What are you asking me to do?

JEAN GREY
Be Scott Summers, not Cyclops, not the leader of the X-Men.
(pause)
Please.

CYCLOPS
Honey, this battle isn’t over yet.

JEAN GREY
Yes it is. For us, it is.
(to Beast)
This battle should be over for all of us, Hank.
(tears fall, to Cyclops)
I want my life to be normal! I don’t wanna do this anymore!
(pause)
I risked my life over and over and I may lose it if I do this again. My baby’s life will be gone, my marriage will be over, I can’t be happy –

CYCLOPS
— Sweetie, sweetie, look at me. I’m not going to let that happen.

JEAN GREY
I’m tired, Scott. I am tired!

She begins to cry in his arms.

In the background, the other X-Men stand in silence. Professor Xavier enters the room. Jubilee leans on a wall behind him.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I invite you all to stay here as long as you’d like. Although this is the most well-known facility for mutants, it is also the most protected. I cannot ask you and do not wish for you to go on any new missions. I believe the only way we can win this new battle is to let people lead the way. I have already contacted the current administration, letting them know the X-Men are no more. This school will continue to accept students, but none of them will be trained to become future X-Men.

JUBILEE
What happens, if things get worse, if these people attack again?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
They will have to come to us. I will not send you out to them.

JUBILEE
I never thought you’d say something like this.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I feel that we are more human than we thought. Dinner is almost ready, if any of you, at least, would like something to eat before you leave.

Professor Xavier exits the room. The X-Men look around at each other, finding themselves in unfamiliar territory.

JUBILEE
Hank, what are you thinking?

BEAST
Though, I am not happy about being shot at…

JUBILEE
You want to walk away?

BEAST
Yes.
(pause)
I guess I could get something to eat.

They all give a faint smile, Jean gets off the bed, Scott moves to stop her, but thinks better of it. Jean Grey and Jubilee go arm in arm towards the door along with Cyclops and Beast following. Storm is in the doorway, waiting for them with open arms. No one wants to talk about what happened that night.

INT. THE WHITE HOUSE – NIGHT

A phone conversation is taking place between Secretary of Defense, BENJAMIN TURNER, and Captain Brenner, whom is still in New York City.

TURNER
I want you to keep a lid of this, I mean everybody! No leaks to the press, nothing! Intel has to confirm these findings before we take any kind of action.

EXT. NYC STREETS – NIGHT

Captain Brenner stands next to an armored vehicle as his men wait behind him for orders.

BRENNER
Sir, what should we do about the scene?

TURNER
Make sure your men keep those areas locked down tight! Use as many men as you need!
(pause)
If this gets out, I don’t have to tell you about the media frenzy.

BRENNER
Sir, I agree.

TURNER
Do what you have to. I’ll brief the President asap, and remember, no journalists, no photographers, no camera crews.

BRENNER
My men have already set up perimeters. We have a second team scouting the areas to make sure they’re clear.

TURNER
Will this work?

BRENNER
Sir, most of the people fled the scene on their own, to get away from the explosions. We’re focused on “keeping” the streets clear.

TURNER
Good work, Captain. You and your men are to be commended.

BRENNER
Thank you, sir.

The Secretary of Defense hangs up the phone. The Captain pauses to take an incoming call on his radio…

VOICE (O.S.)
Captain.

BRENNER
Go ahead.

VOICE (O.S.)
The mobile lab has the results on the wire. They want you to confirm.

BRENNER
I’m on my way.
(turns to soldiers)
Troy.

TROY
Yes, sir?

BRENNER
I don’t know how well connected these people are. Make sure everybody stays awake. You got me?

TROY
Yes, sir.

BRENNER
I’m going to the lab. Let’s hope we’re wrong.

The Captain jumps into the heavily armored jeep and the driver pulls away.

The rest of the National Guard stand ready, guns drawn, night vision scopes on, snipers on the roofs looking over the area, making sure pictures aren’t taken and no threat is approaching.

INT. X-MANSION – KITCHEN – NIGHT

Some of the X-Men pack their dinner “to go.”

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Leaving so soon?

STORM
I have to go. If I do not leave now I will be out there looking for those men before I realize it.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I understand.

STORM
You do?! Because I don’t.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Ororo, our habits are hard to change. And your instincts take over. But you realize now that your life is more than this. What it has been before.

Storm slams the knife down on the counter, turns, leans against the counter and begins to cry. Xavier puts his hand on her arm. Ororo gives him a quick hug and kiss on the cheek, then turns and walks quickly out of the kitchen. Xavier hears the wind pick up and thunder roar in the sky. Storm is leaving.

Professor Xavier turns to see the other X-Men following suit. Beast, Jubilee, Cyclops, and Jean Grey, each with food in hand, say their good-byes to the Professor. One by one, they leave, heading in different directions.

FOYER

The Professor is in the front doorway, watching his X-Men, his former X-Men, go out to live lives of their own. His tears begin to fall, but as his head is bowed down, a smile appears on his face, he looks up. In his heart, he knows this is a new chapter in itself.

SUBBASEMENT

To each room, he shuts off the lights, the power grids, the Danger Room, the medical facility, the War Room, and finally the hanger bay holding the X-Jet.

ELEVATOR

He heads to the second floor.

BEDROOM

He slides out of the chair into his bed and under the covers. He looks out the window with wonderment on his face about what the next day will bring. Then, slowly drifts off the sleep.