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.
(on the phone)
Yes, I’m sure! Military forces from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. We’re trying to confirm Syrian forces.
There are countries that have combined their — I know, but we are already stretched thin. I cannot spare anymore aircraft.
I’m sorry. Tell your men to look for mutant support in the area and fight along side of them.
You stand a better chance with them than without them. They’re putting their lives on the line as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
After a quick hug, QuickSilver is gone.
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.
Why are we here?!
This better be good!
Nice to see you, too!
She dismissing them with a wave and walks off.
He’s in there.
Professor Xavier comes around the corner.
Thank you both for coming!
We’re in the middle of World War III!
I know, Lucas, that’s why I called. I need your help.
Come with me!
They head down to the sub-basement.
Cable and Bishop follow the Professor.
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.
Yes. The same heavy security.
Professor, it’s the frontline.
Look at the missiles being shot down by the ground-to-air defense system.
— Look, Nathan!
The special technology is in the warheads. I know.
All long range. You think their hiding the missile launchers?
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.
They may have a large supply, but they don’t want to waste it.
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.
Exactly. However, the mid-air explosions from these warheads have been so massive, no one can consistently get close to the launching sites.
But that’s not all, Nathan. I’ve been looking over this as well.
The day we voted.
More images covered the monitors.
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.
This energy came from somewhere, or someone.
I heard the U.N. technicians cooked it up.
They invented the material to contain the energy, but not the energy itself. It’s beyond anything we’ve seen before.
(enters the War Room)
I’ve come closer to discovering the origin of this “energy!”
My apologies for interrupting, gentlemen.
What have you found out, Hank?!
Beast plugs a sample into the War Room computer, a projection appears in the middle of the room.
This is fascinating, but a deadly energy as well. Highly unstable when it’s not contained properly.
Is this from a mutant, Hank?
Unfortunately, it is. However, this mutant is stronger, more powerful than most others. I cannot find a match for this in my database.
Wait a minute. Look familiar, Lucas?
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.
Searching. Searching. Searching. Found.
Where did you get this sample from, Hank?!
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.
So, that’s how they did it!
What did you find?
This substance is from a new mutation.
Mutants made of this solid energy.
Hard to kill or even knock off their feet.
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.
What are you thinking, Professor?
That is exactly what must’ve happened on the west coast. Another mutant with this energy stopped those explosions.
Their race may be on the rise –
— But they’re conserving energy. It must not be many of them around yet! The mutant must be hiding until he reaches full power.
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!
How can I help?
Continue to study this sample. Perhaps there’s a weakness we don’t know of.
Let’s go, I’m ready to shut this guy down!
(to Professor Xavier)
Professor, we’ll be taking some extra gear. I feel like we’re going to need it.
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.
Hey, I made you some lunch, when you’re ready to take a break. You do “eat” right?
Of course, thank you.
Yeah, well, I still feel bad –
— I know.
You’ve always been there for me and –
— 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.
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.
Why are we moving her through New York City?
We have orders.
It doesn’t make sense!
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.
This is taking a long time though.
We did make it up here.
What are we going to do with her?
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.
Will you relax?!
I am relaxed!
No, you’re not!
You want me to be at peace while the whole world’s falling apart?!
That’s not what I mean!
We made a decision to do what’s best for our family.
We are, but, these people are trying to take over the globe. Why does this have to happen –
— right now.
I want to help. I just don’t know how.
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.
— We have to do something!
But you know this isn’t a good idea!
I thought we could run away, Scott. But our friends need our help!
What if something happens to you, to the baby?!
I won’t be the only pregnant woman fighting in a war, look at them!
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 –
— I have to put your life in jeopardy?!
Our lives are already in jeopardy.
Scott walks away, to the bedroom, putting on his shoes, grabbing his jacket. He walks to Jean standing in the bedroom doorway.
I’m not going to lose you.
I’m not losing you, either.
They kiss and embrace. As they walk through the living room the ground rumbles. They pause.
What was that?!
Oh no. I sense –
— An attack?
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…
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.
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.
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’
(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.
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.
We have to get him outta the city!
How do we stop him?!
We have to get his helmet off! Any reinforcements?!
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.
What about carrier planes?!
You wanna transport him?!
They have the biggest caliber weapons!
I got you, sir! Two are stationed at the airport!
We’ll need both of them!
TO BE CONTINUED…