X-MEN: THE NEW AGE (pgs.186-199)

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

EXT. AREA 51 BASE – NIGHT

The FREEDOM forces are finally weakening. More aircraft and military forces from around the world have shown up on U.S. soil.

The X-Men have converged on Juggernaut.

There was another fight in the distance. FREEDOM forces dropped Blob and Toad onto the battlefield.

The two made their way to the perimeter.

The Blackbird flies overhead firing away at the two of them. Toad leaping out of the way and Blob picked up a piece of an armored vehicle tossing it at the plane. The Blackbird dodges the projectile and hovers near the ground next to armored jeeps.

Jubilee jumps out of the base of the Blackbird and hops into an armored jeep. She heads straight for the Blob, full speed.

BLOB
Come on!

Part of the armored roof above her head opens, sliding back. Jubilee puts her feet in the seat, leaps up, the jeep passes under her.

Right before the armored vehicle hits Blob, Jubilee fires huge beams of plasma energy from her hands, striking the armored jeep. It explodes sending the Blob reeling back.

Toad leaps at her from behind, tongue extending, Jubilee quickly turns, fires more energy knocking him out of the air.

She fires at multiple targets as Beast rides up in an armored vehicle providing cover fire. Jubilee hops in, firing at enemy forces. Beast floors it.

The Blackbird flies overhead to the Area 51 base.

Most of the FREEDOM forces are focused on backing up Juggernaut, keeping the X-Men and Ally forces away.

AREA 51 PERIMETER

Juggernaut’s hands are buried in a large cannon’s foundation. The weight at the top begins to buckle the unstable foundation.

Wolverine is still on his motor-vehicle from the Japanese heading through the FREEDOM forces in front of Juggernaut right to him. He dials controls on the touch screen on his arm, then leaps onto Juggernaut’s back, slashing away at the base of his helmet.

Juggernaut grabs him and begins to crush his body.

Rogue flies in carrying Colossus. He runs at Juggernaut knocking him forward, he drops Wolverine.

Rogue begins punching him in the face. Juggernaut knocks her back.

Colossus hits Juggernaut twice, an enemy’s large energy blast knocks him back.

Archangel swoops in carrying Psylocke and fires sharp projectiles at Juggernaut’s helmet.

Psylocke creates a long, blazing psychic knife cutting at Juggernaut’s helmet as they fly by. An energy blast knocks them out of the sky.

Juggernaut begins to charge at them, but a sheet of ice forms on the ground making him fall. The helmet is loose. Juggernaut grabs at it, huge bolts of lightning rain down on him, an optic blast fires at him from Cyclops, and plasma blasts from Jubilee finally knock the helmet off.

Juggernaut grabs his helmet and begins to hold it down on his head when Colossus runs up behind him, grabs him around his waist, picks Juggernaut up, and bends backwards slamming Juggernaut on his head. The helmet cracks, falling away.

At last, Juggernaut’s mind is unguarded, Jean Grey begins attacking it from behind armored vehicles, Cyclops guards her along with other soldiers.

Juggernaut grabs his head, screaming. He can’t take it anymore, he falls unconscious.

A new wave of fighters come through, pounding the FREEDOM ground forces with bombs. A new ground team begins to pick up the X-Men from various areas on the battleground and they all head for the main entrance of the Area 51 base.

AREA 51 PERIMETER ENTRANCE

As they arrive, some of the soldiers begin to cheer all throughout the base, holding weapons in the air.

INT. AREA 51 LOADING AREA

Monitors throughout the base show different battlegrounds around the world as the enemy forces are retreating and being overwhelmed. World War III is coming to an end.

MEDICAL LAB

Soldiers and X-men are in the middle of being treated for their wounds.

Suddenly, the lights begin to flicker throughout the base.

LOADING AREA

Everyone on various floors pause. Beams of light-purple light dance across the walls sporadically.

PETERSON
(comm-link)
Control room, where is this coming from?!

VOICE (O.S.)
Not sure, sir. It may be underneath the base!

The base lights begin to break.

PETERSON
(comm-link)
Lock and load! Move! Move!

The beams of light intensify, moving along the walls, now the floors.

Jean’s eyes are closed, sensing for the source.

JEAN GREY
Whatever it is, Scott, it’s coming towards us!

CYCLOPS
(to everyone)
Let’s go!

The elevator doors leading down to the lower levels blow forward. A Dark Figure levitates above the ground coming towards them. He begins firing powerful beams of light, destroying vehicles on impact.

The ground forces begin to race back to the Area 51 Perimeter fence as they return fire.

The Dark Figure has a force field surrounding him, bullets bounce off, energy blasts are absorbed.

EXT. AREA 51 PERIMETER – NIGHT

The Dark Figure levitates higher in the air, the ground forces below fire up at him, the air forces above him fire down at him.

He is not phased by their firepower. Although the air and ground forces have grown dramatically, they cannot get passed his force field. He is picking them apart.

INT. AREA 51 – SECURITY AREA

Huge doors at the end of the hall begin to crumble like paper. They fly down the corridor.

Forge looks around the corner, weapon in hand, runs down the hall towards the main entrance to the holding cells.

As he reaches the entrance, an explosion blows the doors out, the force knocking him on his back.

He leaps up and runs to the entrance returning fire. More beams of purple light fly towards him. He dodges some, but one grazes his arm, spinning him backwards and to the ground.

Heather Johnson stands at the end of the corridor. Another beam of light comes directly for him, but hits a force field before striking Forge.

HOLDING CELL CORRIDOR

Magneto hovers above ground, making his way down the corridor.

MAGNETO
(to Forge)
We don’t have much time!

He lands on the ground, holding out his arms, blocking the beams of light coming at him. But they come at such intensity his force field is beginning to fail.

MAGNETO (CONT’D)
Hurry!

Another impact hits the force field and Magneto falls back.

Forge fires at Heather. She leaps out of the way. Metal flies from vacant holding cells at Heather. She has to take cover in the room behind her.
Forge runs closer to Sarah’s holding cell firing away. Heather returns fire. Forge leaps out of the way.

Magneto fires a beam of magnetism knocking her back.

Forge makes it to the console.

Magneto puts up another force field as he races towards Forge.

Heather’s weapon lets out a constant beam of energy that Magneto struggles to hold back…

MAGNETO (CONT’D)
It’s absorbing my..!

Forge’s hand hurries over the touch-screen looking for a way to unlock the door. Magento’s force field began to crack.

MAGNETO (CONT’D)
I –

— The beam shatters the force field. Magneto and Forge fly backwards, but the power grid on the holding cell has dropped.

Heather is about to fire on Magneto and Forge again when Sarah Johnson exits the holding cell, hand extending, charging her power.

Heather looks at her daughter, eyes wide. The energy within Heather’s suit and weapons begin to surge, then power down. The effects shock Heather and she falls to the floor.

BACK ROOM

Sarah races to her.

SARAH
Mom… Mom!

Sarah lifts her up onto her knees.

MAGNETO
This is your mother?!

SARAH
Yeah!

FORGE
You have the ability to shut their powers down?!

SARAH
My dad, I don’t know. He’s so strong!

MAGNETO
We must go now. He’ll destroy everyone.

SARAH
You’re going to kill him?!

MAGNETO
He hasn’t left us much of a choice!

HOLDING CELL CORRIDOR

Forge runs over to another console, going from screen to screen. The holding cells deactivate, Bishop and Cable exit them.

BISHOP
Magneto!

MAGNETO
Thank Forge for finding a way to contact me. He can be very convincing.

CABLE
(to Sarah)
Kid, we need you top-side, now.

SARAH
But I –

FORGE
— You’re the only one who can stop him.

SARAH
I…

BISHOP
Come on!

They run down the corridor towards the elevator. Magneto levitates and follows.

EXT. AREA 51 BASE – NIGHT

The ground forces are spread out. Aircraft are scattered over the desert plane, burning. Another wave of fighters are passing by overhead, firing at the Dark Figure, Shawn Johnson, still unable to break his field force. He fires beams of light at them. They move evasively, some are struck, exploding in mid-air.

Jean Grey has taken cover behind armored vehicles holding Cyclops in her arms. Blood falls from scars on his face and body from shrapnel. She cries.

Nearby, Gambit holds Rogue close to him. She is unconscious.

The Blackbird is in the distance, crashed into the ground, smoke pouring from the rear of the plane.

Colossus is firing a weapon towards Shawn from behind tanks. Nightcrawler lays on the ground, not moving.

Iceman and Psylocke lie on the ground.

ShadowCat is on her knees holding Archangel.

QuickSilver is bandaging up wounds on Scarlet Witch as she grimaces in pain.

Jubilee is firing beams of plasma energy at Shawn while a medical team works on Wolverine who lying on the ground, not moving.

EXT. CALIFORNIA COASTLINE – NIGHT

The Pacific Ocean. A massive navy convoy made up of various countries is almost in position along the coast of California. A NAVY GENERAL is on the phone with Jim Slade, who is still in Washington D.C.

NAVY GENERAL
This has to be done! Satellites are showing us this thing is in a fixed position, if we don’t take him out now, who knows where he’ll strike next!

CUT TO:

SLADE
General, there are people down there!

CUT TO:

GENERAL
You can’t override the President “and” the other U.N. ambassadors! If this last wave of fighters can’t take him down, we’re gonna hit ‘em with everything we’ve got!

CUT TO:

SLADE
You owe the X-Men time, that’s the least you can do!

CUT TO:

NAVY GENERAL
(pause)
I have my orders. I’m sorry.

SLADE
General –

— The Navy General hangs up the comm-link and patches into another channel.

NAVY GENERAL
Make sure we have an accurate lock on the target!

Weapons aboard the naval ships adjust.

EXT. AREA 51 BASE – NIGHT

Stragglers from the previous Ally wave attack Shawn sporadically, still with no effect.

A new wave of fighters is on the horizon and begin firing upgraded weapons from the Japanese at him. The lasers bounce around his shield and he returns fire knocking planes out of the sky.

Suddenly, his force field weakens, lasers begin to break through, striking him, he falls to the ground.

SHAWN JOHNSON
Sarah.

Sarah stands behind him, a small force field surrounding her. Shots from the Air Force come down in waves. Shawn charges his energy which heals his wounds slowly, but surely. He raises his force field again as he glares at Sarah.

SARAH
Dad, you have to stop!

SHAWN JOHNSON
You don’t run things here, young lady!

SARAH
Why are you doing this?!

SHAWN JOHNSON
Don’t you see, Sarah?! Look at us! We have the power to control this world for generations to come!

SARAH
I don’t want control!

Shawn slowly walks in her direction.

SHAWN JOHNSON
I can teach you how to use your power, Sarah. You’re already stronger than I was at your age.

Sarah backs away, holding out her hand, as he gets closer.

SARAH
Stop!

SHAWN JOHNSON
(pauses)
Are you going to let them kill me?

SARAH
No. But if you’re going to destroy the world…
(pause)
I don’t want to be here to see you do it.

Sarah drops her force field as aircraft fire beams down at them. She is hit multiple times and falls back to the desert sand.

Shawn screams.

SHAWN JOHNSON
No! Sarah!

Shawn runs to her and sends charges of energy into her body, but Sarah is rejecting it.

SHAWN JOHNSON (CONT’D)
What are you doing?!
(pause)
Heal yourself! Sarah!

Heather runs towards the two of them and falls at Sarah’s head.

SHAWN JOHNSON (CONT’D)
(to Heather)
She’s not letting me heal her!

HEATHER JOHNSON
Sarah, sweetie, don’t do this!

Sarah’s eyes are barely open, she looks at her dad.

SARAH
Promise me.

SHAWN JOHNSON
What?!

SARAH
You’ll stop fighting.

SHAWN JOHNSON
Use your powers to –

SARAH
— Promise me!

Shawn looks at Heather, who’s in tears.

HEATHER JOHNSON
Shawn!

SARAH
I love you.

Sarah’s head leans back, her eyes close.

Shawn looks toward the sky as he screams, blasting a huge bolt of energy through his eyes.

The ground forces have surrounded them. Blue smoke from flares lift into the sky. The Air Force has stopped firing without Shawn, Heather, and Sarah noticing.

From his head first, Shawn’s altered form fades away on down to his feet. He is regular Shawn Johnson again, holding his daughter, his wife holding both of them.

The medical team comes from the inside of the base. While the military teams take Heather and Shawn, putting special cuffs on them, the medical team moves in and places Sarah on a gurney.

SHAWN JOHNSON
Sarah! Use your power! Use your power!

INT. AREA 51 BASE – LOADING AREA

The medical team rushes Sarah to the elevator.

ELEVATOR

Along the way, medical personnel try to attach machines to her, but they all blow out from charges released by Sarah’s body.

NURSE
What else do we have?!

SOLDIER
Take her down to the 20th floor!

MEDICAL FACILITY

A staff is in place next to a machine with glowing lime green light flowing inside. They hook wires to her and her body begins to absorb the energy rather quickly.

The lights inside the room flickered on and off until the machine is drained. Everyone stands by, waiting.

Sarah lays still. Silence.

Sarah’s body jumps just a bit as a beam of light-purple light zips across her face. More beams of light bounce across the room and the medical team has to leave.

SECURITY AREA

Shawn and Heather Johnson find themselves in the same holding cell their daughter was in earlier. Shawn is still bound, hands behind his back. He and Heather sit on a long, white bench, extending from the wall.

HEATHER JOHNSON
I envied you, Shawn. I wanted power, too. But I’m not a mutant. I don’t have any special abilities! You gave me something, as close as I’ll ever get.

SHAWN JOHNSON
Nothing else mattered, Heather. Nothing! I saw what I dreamed about. To be the most powerful…

Shawn presses his lips together. Heather slides next to him putting her arm around him.

SHAWN JOHNSON (CONT’D)
But Sarah…

MEDICAL ROOM

Soldiers are being treated. Some even flashed a smile.

MEDICAL ROOM #2

Further down the hall, the X-Men are together again. Professor Xavier lays in a bed, hooked to machines, giving a faint smile to Storm, who is bandaged up, as doctors walk away.

Cable is being bandaged up by a military doctor, while Bishop stands nearby looking at new gadgets presented by Forge.

Jean Grey lays in a bed smiling and crying. Cyclops, though scarred, embraces her as they look at a monitor she is hooked to. Beast points out stats on the screen showing evidence of the baby being alive and well within her womb.

Psylocke stands next to Archangel smiling as she bandages his arm. She is already bandaged up.

Iceman sits on a bench, holding his head as ShadowCat leans on his shoulder.

Colossus stands over Nightcrawler, who is hooked to machines. Nightcrawler sits up in bed. He and Colossus embrace hands.

Rogue and Gambit, like normal, sit together. Gambit’s arm around her shoulder, her arm around his waist. Faint smiles, but teary-eyed.

Jubilee has begun helping Wolverine take bandage wraps “off” his arms. Underneath, he is perfectly healed.

SECURITY AREA

Shawn and Heather are smiling and crying, her arms around him. They look at a projection screen on the cell door to see Sarah’s smiling, cheerful face.

CORRIDOR

Sarah quickly blows them a kiss and military personnel escort her away.

EXT. AREA 51 BASE – DAWN

The sun is rising over mountains in the distance.

Magneto, QuickSilver, and Scarlet Witch are embraced together in a “group hug”. Magneto begins to back away and levitate into the air. Above the horizon, the huge form of Avalon is seen.

EXT. OUTER SPACE

No missiles are flying over the surface of Earth. No flashes of light from explosions are seen across the globe.

PROFESSOR XAVIER (O.S.)
The world has survived yet another war. Because the abilities of the human and mutant race were conquered by something even more powerful.(pause)
Love.

The astronauts in the space shuttle are cheering and hugging. Huge rays of sunlight wash over the Earth.

FADE OUT.

THE END.

THE CAST OF X-MEN
Professor Charles Xavier
Cyclops | Scott Summers
Jean Grey
Wolverine | Logan
Iceman | Robert “Bobby” Louis Drake
Nightcrawler | Kurt Wagner
Rogue | Anna Marie
Archangel | Warren Kenneth Worthington III
Bishop | Lucas Bishop
Cable | Nathan Christopher Summers
Storm | Ororo Monroe
Gambit | Remy Etienne LeBeau
Beast | Dr. Henry Phillip (Hank) McCoy
Colossus | Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin
Jubilee | Jubilation Lee
Psylocke | Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock
ShadowCat | Katherine Anne “Kitty” Pride
Forge

CAST
Magneto | Max Eisenhardt (alias: Erik Magnus Lehnsherr)
QuickSilver | Pietro Django Maximoff
Scarlet Witch | Wanda Maximoff
Mystique | Raven Darkholme
Avalanche | Dominikos Ioannis Petrakis
Pyro | St. John Allerdyce
Toad | Mortimer Toynbee
Blob | Frederick J. Dukes
Silver Samurai | Kanuichio Harada
Omega Red | Arkady Rossovich
Juggernaut | Cain Marko

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