X-MEN: THE NEW AGE (pgs.13-25)

X-MEN: THE NEW AGE
WGA,W No. 1397941
Screenplay by Eric Christopher Jackson

EXT. GERMANY – CHURCH – NIGHT

Lights illuminate from the interior of a large church in Germany.

INT. CHURCH LIVING SPACE

In a rather nice den, NIGHTCRAWLER (KURT WAGNER), ROGUE (ANNA MARIE), and GAMBIT (REMY LEBEAU) are having a chat with Kurt acting as the host.

NIGHTCRAWLER
You will love this, Anna, my favorite dessert and tea.

ROGUE
I had a great time, Kurt. You were amazing. The whole show was great!

NIGHTCRAWLER
I’m so pleased you enjoyed yourself. I was surprised by your visit.
Gambit walks into the kitchen area.

GAMBIT
I’ve never seen a high-flying act like that. Looks dangerous, even to me!

NIGHTCRAWLER
Ack! It’s nothing. I rather enjoy it! Some of the best times of my life are found in my performances.

ROGUE
It’s better now that it’s all over, right? I mean, the X-Men aren’t even together anymore.

Gambit comes back in the den.

GAMBIT
Best vacation we’ve ever had, huh chere?!

ROGUE
Remy…!

NIGHTCRAWLER
Come. Sit. I actually have a television.

LIVING ROOM

Nightcrawler flips through the channels and they all sit in a living room area, illuminated by a beautiful fireplace.

They sit back and listen to the telecast on a European news station. The TV Host speaks with two guests.

GUEST
I think this is all mere speculation. You have no proof. The inspectors themselves, found no evidence of an anti-mutant program. The U.N.’s investigation came up with nothing –

GUEST #2
— That’s because some of the U.N. investigators are involved!

GUEST
The treaty has been signed! The Brotherhood has not been seen in over a year! And no one knows where Magneto is, some people say he’s dead!

Guest #2 sits up in his chair as he looks into his own camera.

GUEST #2
This is the quiet before the storm. They want you to think this war is over, but it isn’t. It’s only a matter of time before mutants try to take over the entire planet. They’re numbers are growing astronomically and some scientists believe Mother Nature is evolving more humans into mutants sooner than anyone could have predicted!

The Guest stays calm as he looks into his own camera.

GUEST
There is no threat. These “scientists” are coming up with their own theories to cause fear in the general public. Do we want to keep the peace or not?

GUEST #2
Peace will only be a reality when humans take back control of this planet. I feel this is the beginning of a new age. Mutants will rule the planet, take over through this system of democracy, “our” democracy, unless we stop them.

The Host finally hears in his ear-piece that the time of this segment is up.

HOST
Gentlemen, gentlemen, we’re out of time. Thank you both for appearing on the broadcast tonight. Very interesting subject. What do you think as citizens of the world? Are mutants trying to take over or are they simply trying to be accepted like everyone else? Send in your answers to our blog and we’ll post some of your responses in our next broadcast. Thank you, and good night.

Nightcrawler turns off the television.

ROGUE
There’s only a few of them, Kurt. Most people aren’t like him anymore.

GAMBIT
I agree with Anna. I can actually walk downtown without a disguise and not get harassed! People ask for my autograph!

Nightcrawler gets up and walks towards the end of the room. Rogue turns on the couch. Gambit’s stare follows Kurt from a single couch.

NIGHTCRAWLER
I know. It must be exhilarating to walk among other human beings unafraid. The anti-mutant laws are not legal anymore. However…

ROGUE
What?

NIGHTCRAWLER
This man, along with a few others, still believes the worst of us. They publicly admit it despite the unpopularity of their beliefs. How can they be so bold against so many?
(pause)
I wonder if they have someone helping them.

GAMBIT
Backing them up?

NIGHTCRAWLER
Yes.

ROGUE
Who would do that?! Everybody’s been investigated!

NIGHTCRAWLER
I am not sure.

Gambit puts a hand up. Nightcrawler faces them.

GAMBIT
Don’t over-react. I need a little more vacation.

NIGHTCRAWLER
I’m sorry friends. I do not mean to disturb you –

ROGUE
— No, it’s just, it’s not like we can check it out like we used to.

NIGHTCRAWLER
Exactly.

An awkward silence in the room.

GAMBIT
Let me guess. You wanna talk with the Professor, heh?

NIGHTCRAWLER
I don’t want to alarm him. Not unless I have proof.

ROGUE
This is a gut feeling?

NIGHTCRAWLER
As you would see it.

NIGHTCRAWLER (CONT’D)
(a faint smile)
You two have been together for a while.

They smile and briefly gaze into each other’s eyes.

ROGUE
Hey, you should come with us!

NIGHTCRAWLER
I am not prepared to –

GAMBIT
— Kurt, you brought it up. Let’s go, eh? The quicker I get this off my mind, the quicker I go back to vacation.

NIGHTCRAWLER
Very well.

They prepare to leave for the United States.

INT. RUSSIA – UNDERGROUND FACILITY

In dim lighting, GENERAL WINSTROM walks down a long corridor made of steel with a shiny grey floor. He comes to a steel door.

SCIENCE LAB

There are scientists, doctors, in white long coats, going over information on clipboards. The General walks up to one of the lead SCIENTIST.

GENERAL WINSTROM
How much time?

SCIENTIST
Hours. We are almost completed with “Phase Two” of the process.

GENERAL WINSTROM
Anymore setbacks?

SCIENTIST
No sir. We have completely realigned his cables and integrated them into the new system.

A light blue glow covers the General’s face as he walks passed the Scientist.

GENERAL WINSTROM
Excellent.

SCIENTIST
We’re prepping for the final stage in the process. We have to be sure he can withstand anything throw at him, literally.

GENERAL WINSTROM
Can you create more?

SCIENTIST
No, sir. Unfortunately, we still haven’t been able to duplicate the process on another subject. The technology is too unstable.

The General walks next to a glass case with frozen ice on its surface, staring at what the container holds.

GENERAL WINSTROM
We will have our revenge. They will suffer for what they did to us. To all of us!

SCIENTIST
Sir, your grandfather would be proud.

GENERAL WINSTROM
(tears well up in his eyes)
Do what must be done. There can be no failures this time.

The General walks off and the Scientist quickly and intently resumes his work. He gathers the group of scientists.

SCIENTIST
Gentlemen, this is our finest hour. Let us begin our legacy here.

INT. NEWS BROADCAST – NIGHT

TONY RICHARDS and TIM MICHAELSON watch a news broadcast is on in an office.

HOST
In a stunning turn of events, Republican Senator-Elect Tony Richards and Democrat Senator-Elect Tim Michaelson both lost to a man not officially on the ballot. That is correct ladies and gentlemen, in overwhelming numbers voters “wrote-in” John Donaby, a popular spokesperson for the mutant community who declined from running in this election. Officials are now scrambling to figure out if they can award a seat to a citizen who hasn’t actually ran for the office –

RICHARDS
(turns off the television)
— How could this happen?!

MICHAELSON
It’s out of our hands.

RICHARDS
“Our” hands?! This is “our” country Michaelson! Not theirs! We built this country from the ground up, shedding our blood on the battlefields! Now they want to tell us how we’re going to run it?!

MICHAELSON
We don’t have many options left.

RICHARDS
No! I will not be backed into a corner by a bunch of animals pretending to be humans!

MICHAELSON
Jim Steinberg lost. Macullum lost. Grenich lost. Horner lost. They all stood their ground and now they’re out of office. France. Germany. Russia. The Middle East.

Tony Richards turns away, reluctant to surrender to the truth.

RICHARDS
Alright –

MICHAELSON
— You have to back off, at least for now, until we can find a better solution for –

RICHARDS
— Kill Xavier.

MICHAELSON
Tony, we –

RICHARDS
— Kill McCoy!

MICHAELSON
It’s not –

RICHARDS
— Who do we have to kill in order to get our country back?!

Tim Michaelson is fed up with the discussion.

MICHAELSON
It’s too late! There are too many of them. We don’t even know how many of them there are and where they could live. We don’t know who to trust anymore. If we leak information to the wrong source, they’ll come after us, Tony.

RICHARDS
Arrest us?!

MICHAELSON
Put on trial for hate crimes against the mutant race. It’s practically a law now.

RICHARDS
The vote hasn’t taken place yet.

MICHAELSON
Look at the news. Every trial case. The judges are on the other side now. It’s too late. Everyone wants to keep their jobs.

RICHARDS
I will not sit idly by and watch this world fall into the hands of…

Tony Richards clings to his last hope.

RICHARDS (CONT’D)
Get Johnson on the phone.

MICHAELSON
But Tony –

RICHARDS
— Now.

INT. JOHNSON HOME – NIGHT

In a small, quiet town in the suburbs, SHAWN JOHNSON is speaking on the telephone to Tim Michaelson, a secured line, in the basement of his house.

SHAWN JOHNSON
I hear you have another job for me. I actually expected this call sooner.

MICHAELSON
We didn’t think, I didn’t believe it would come to this.

SHAWN JOHNSON
I told you! I told you over a year ago that this was coming and you completely ignored me! Now look at what’s going on.

MICHAELSON
I know, I know! I’m sorry, Mr. Johnson.

SHAWN JOHNSON
You’re sorry?

MICHAELSON
I don’t know how you do it. I just know you’re the best. Are you sure you can help us?

SHAWN JOHNSON
Please, do not insult me. I’ve done my job well for the passed 10 years without a hint of evidence. I have never failed a mission and I will not let this one be the first. Transfer the payment into my account.

MICHAELSON
I imagine you’re going to be a wealthy man once this is all over.

SHAWN JOHNSON
Wealth? I simply enjoy killing mutants and these Benedict Arnolds who support them. Getting paid for it is icing on the cake.

MICHAELSON
Fine. And Mr. Johnson…

SHAWN JOHNSON
Yes?

MICHAELSON
Good hunting.

SHAWN JOHNSON
Always.

Shawn Johnson hangs up the phone and turns to see his wife, HEATHER JOHNSON, waiting with anticipation for the news.

SHAWN JOHNSON (CONT’D)
We have another job.

HEATHER JOHNSON
Finally. I was getting bored.

SHAWN JOHNSON
I have new gear for you.

A wall slides to the left to reveal armor, weapons, including swords and energy shields. Heather Johnson looks over all of the new gear.

HEATHER JOHNSON
One of the reasons I love you so much. You know what I like.

SHAWN JOHNSON
(gives a rare smile)
This armor’s been upgraded. It will link into your neuro-system. Your mind can adjust the shields to charge any weaknesses in the metal caused by damage. The weapon fires an energy pulse –

HEATHER JOHNSON
— How long will they be helpless?

SHAWN JOHNSON
A full five seconds longer ”and” it’s a few pounds lighter. No ammunition packs needed.

HEATHER JOHNSON
Perfect. It’s not my birthday, is it?

Shawn completely ignores her remark, though Heather has grown use to thinking out loud more than talking to him.

SHAWN JOHNSON
New sword. Closest metal we could find to adamantium. In order to compensate, we’ve charged it with a similar energy pulse used in the hand weapons.

HEATHER JOHNSON
Nice..!

SHAWN JOHNSON
Be careful with that. When charged, it’s actually sharp enough to pierce your own armor.

HEATHER JOHNSON
What?!

SHAWN JOHNSON
Yes.

HEATHER JOHNSON
Where did you find this metal?

SHAWN JOHNSON
Do not ask.

HEATHER JOHNSON
Shawn?!

SHAWN JOHNSON
Heather, it’s classified. There are some questions even I don’t ask.

HEATHER JOHNSON
Don’t lie to me.

SHAWN JOHNSON
Here. A shield. They won’t know what hit ‘em.

Heather is finally annoyed by his lack of direct responses to her questions, but becomes distracted by the new toy.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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