In the Fall of 1992, I was introduced to my favorite cartoon series of all-time. Not only was the style of animation great, the storylines were even better. “X-Men: The Animated Series” aired on Saturday mornings for the Fox Kids lineup of cartoons. It was the best. I became familiar with all the characters. When the live action X-Men movie was release in 2000, I compared the film with this animated series. Yes, the live action movie was a success, but not to me. The story, how the characters related to one another…it felt contrived. It wasn’t as entertaining to me. And somehow, Wolverine seemed to be a better leader than Cyclops in the live-action films.

Anyway, the live-action films continued, as you know. I have seen them all, except for the latest installment, “Days of Future Past.” The only one I enjoyed to this point was “X-Men: First Class.” In 2009, I decided to stop complaining. After much encouragement from my College English Professor, I decided to write my own X-Men script to see if I could do better.

It was funny and amazing because as I continued to write, I realized I had the idea in my mind for several months. I rolled out the first rough draft in a few months. I started writing what I considered the signature action scene, then built the story around that. Quite a bit of shuffling with the scenes. Then, I had to work on formatting and editing for a while. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this story.

In order to introduce people to my writing style even more, I am going to share the entire story with you. Only a few sections at a time because the script is 199 pages. I’ve written quite a few stories and a few screenplays since this one, but I still consider “X-Men: The New Age” my best work to date. Although it won’t be produced, I am using it as a sample of what I can do for someone else’s idea.

Last note, I would like to give a brief introduction of my College English Professor, Kenneth Frawley. As I said, he challenged a 30-year-old to write stories again, which I hadn’t done since middle school, high school. I needed the type of push he gave his students. I still remember on our last day of class (March 2009) when we completed our Finals tests, he brought us Boysenberry Jam and crumpets. Love! It was the first time I tried that. I still buy Boysenberry Jam today. My favorite… 🙂

Here’s an interview I found of my former Professor online:

Warning: This script does not include an origin story. It was written for the fans. Well, written for me. If I go to a Spider-Man film, I don’t need to see another origin story about a character I’m already familiar with. In “The New Age”, this thinking applies. Also, I added as many characters in this screenplay as I could including Omega Red, Archangel, Cable, Psylocke, Forge, Scarlet Witch…and so on. A ton of characters including original characters I needed to tell the story correctly.

Eric Christopher Jackson

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