X-MEN: THE NEW AGE (pgs.112-127)
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.
You must be out of your mind!
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!
I haven’t given up my position. You haven’t taken the Oath to get into office. Votes are still being counted!
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.
Get out of my office.
But Mr. Pres –
— I will not let you take command from me like this! Never!
We are running out of time!
(to Secret Service)
Get him outta here!
Secret Service agents grabs Slade, pulling him out of the room.
This is going to go far beyond your term.
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.
That boy has more than a lot of nerve! Can you believe him?!
A knock at the door. An ASSISTANT walks in.
Excuse me, Mr. President!
Yes, what have you got?
What is it?!
Intelligence confirms. We’ve been able to contact most of the U.N. Ambassadors, except for a handful.
Well, what are they doing? We told them to keep communications open. Especially at a time like this!
Yes sir, but eight ambassadors have not gotten back with us.
Eight isn’t bad.
Correct sir, but the eight ambassadors are from Russia, Iran, North Korea, India, China, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, sir.
A long pause.
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.
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!
So did we, Rick. This shouldn’t surprise you.
We still lost a lot of our inventory!
The rest of the U.N. Ambassadors will fill us in on what their Intel knows.
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.
General Peterson, we were coming to you.
Understood, but I need to speak to you in private, sir.
Let’s go in here.
The President and General enter a small office.
What do you know so far?
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.
Yes, sir, but it’s not nuclear. No radiation trails, which is why we didn’t realize they were building weapons.
They can’t have power like that without it giving some kind of signature!
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.
How many missiles do they have with this…material?! How much of this energy do they have?!
To be honest, sir, we don’t know.
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.
Excuse me, Mr. President, Captain Brenner has some information you need to hear.
President Phillips and General Peterson walk down the hall continuing towards the War Room.
What are you thinking?!
We’re going to need all the help we can get, sir.
You mean, the mutants.
Maybe they can help us figure out how to shut down their energy source or, at least, tell us where it comes from.
I’m not popular with their kind.
With all due respect, sir, Mr. Slade is.
They stop before going through the door.
No, General. I’m still in command here.
He turns away and they go inside. Captain Brenner stands attention and salutes. Secretary of Defense, BENJAMIN TURNER, is at his side.
Captain, you have an update for me?
Mr. President, yes, sir! Mr. Slade and I were attacked tonight by a shape-shifter who infiltrated his staff.
What?! Jim failed to mention that earlier!
Apparently, it hung around to make sure we never found out about the energy and material used inside the wiring.
Where is this shape-shifter now?
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.
So, you’re saying…
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.
If this is in a cruise missile?
They can build smaller, cheaper missiles.
Do you know where this “energy” is coming from?
Only a mutant can have this type of power, sir.
I knew it! We changed the laws to help them and now it’s come back on us.
Ben, move our military into position. We have to defend the mainland first! Send subs into strategic positions to defend Pearl Harbor!
Mr. President, our men don’t know what they’re fighting against.
Are you suggesting that we don’t defend ourselves?
Of course not! I want to call Professor Xavier. Have a team of mutants lead are defenses.
They’ll die without them! This looks like a mutant attack, we need mutants who are willing to fight with us!
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?!
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.
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!
I’m going out there! Captain!
Where are you –
— Wherever I’m needed!
The mainland, General, starting with Washington D.C.!
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.
You need my help.
Who let him in here?!
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.
For now, I will let you “help” me.
Jim Slade pulls out his cell phone.
I hope he’s home.
Slade is calling the one person he believes can help.
INT. X-MANSION – LIVING ROOM – DAY
Hello, Mr. Slade. I was expecting your call.
Have you contacted the X-Men? What’s your plan?!
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.
But we have to stick together more now than ever! You see what’s going on!
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.
I don’t believe what I’m hearing. What happened?!
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.
They were close to dying too many times?
Unbelievable. They can’t back out now. We need them more than ever!
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.
Maybe Xavier is right. How can I?
Turner lets out a sigh. Slade’s staff enters the room.
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.
Suddenly, the lights flicker.
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.
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.
Security guards are positioned throughout the room. The carrier floats inside and settles on the ground. Workers began to take off the large containers.
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.
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.
He teleports into a room next to him.
The soldiers spot his smoke trail and run towards the area.
They charge through the door, but see no one. They search the room.
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.
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.
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.
Get a lock on the target!
ISRAELI PILOT #2
It’s close, keep looking!
ISRAELI PILOT #3
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.
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!
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.
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…