X-MEN: THE NEW AGE (pgs.25-34)

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

EXT. X-MANSION FRONT DOOR – DAY

Rogue rings the door bell as Nightcrawler and Gambit stand close by. It opens automatically. PROFESSOR CHARLES XAVIER approaches in a new gold-tone wheelchair hovering off the ground. He can’t hide the huge smile on his face.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
My goodness, look at you all!

ROGUE
Hi, Professor.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
A pleasure to see you again, Anna, to see you all.

GAMBIT
Home sure looks bigger than it used to.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Of course, Remy, you spent less time here than the others.

GAMBIT
I guess I’m just a wild card, eh?

INT. X-MANSION FOYER – DAY

The Professor backs away allowing the trio to come inside.

NIGHTCRAWLER
Greetings, Professor.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Kurt, this is a surprise! I heard you returned to your high-flying events.

NIGHTCRAWLER
Yes, I suppose I missed the stage more than I realized.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
That face you make, what’s wrong?

NIGHTCRAWLER
Well…

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I rarely have to read your mind to know when something’s troubling you, Kurt.

Gambit walks between them heading towards the living room.

GAMBIT
I hope it’s nothing.

ROGUE
We wanted to ask you about the elections, Professor.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Ah yes, I’ve been following them very carefully. It seems the tide has steadily changed in our favor.

Professor Xavier turns following Gambit down the hall towards the living room.

LIVING ROOM

GAMBIT
It’s good news to me.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
But…

GAMBIT
Kurt’s worried ‘bout a secret plan to take us all out again.

ROGUE
We don’t have any proof.

NIGHTCRAWLER
I’m sorry, my friends. Maybe, the “peace” is hard for even me to accept.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Indeed. Most of our lives we have fought and sacrificed for the good of humans and mutants alike. Today is a new day. Through democracy, not bloodshed, mutants are taking their rightful place in society.

ROGUE
Any chance someone could really tear it all apart?!

GAMBIT
Better not be.

Gambit crashes on the couch. Rogue stands attentive in front of the Professor as Nightcrawler drifts around the room.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Unfortunately, there’s always a chance. Although we have made great progress, it only takes one event to make things worse than they’ve ever been before.

NIGHTCRAWLER
This is what I fear, Professor.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I know, Kurt, but we must not give up hope. Besides, I finally realize, we can’t fight forever. There has to be an absolute end to this conflict. One side has to win.

GAMBIT
Look, I would rather do something now than wait ‘round for somethin’ to happen. If there’s a chance the elections will be postponed because of some attack, we need to stop whoever’s behind it “before” they strike!

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Agreed, Remy. However, the X-Men have been more closely watched by the government for the passed five years. If we move first, we will be blamed for any consequences that follow.

GAMBIT
Knew that was coming.

Rogue begins to circle the floor.

ROGUE
So, what are we supposed to do? Where do we even start to look?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Kurt, what’s on your mind?

Nightcrawler continues to look out of a window, putting his thoughts together.

NIGHTCRAWLER
If there is a threat, they have to have ways not to be discovered by U.N. Inspectors. Cloaking devices of some kind to hide their weapons, the technology needed to achieve such feats –

PROFESSOR XAVIER
— In Europe?

NIGHTCRAWLER
Yes, maybe in other countries as well. This is a worldwide problem, Professor Xavier. Even if we did know where to look first, we wouldn’t have the power to stop them by now.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
These are your true feelings?

NIGHTCRAWLER
Yes. I’m sorry.

Professor Xavier glides his wheelchair to the window, staring outside, looking at the beauty of the world. Rogue and Gambit become more concerned at his silence.

ROGUE
I don’t wanna fight anymore! We don’t wanna fight!

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I’m not suggesting we will have to.

GAMBIT
All of this “peace” can’t be a lie. Is that what you’re saying?!

PROFESSOR XAVIER
I’ll contact Ororo first. She is the furthest away.

ROGUE
She went back home?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
To Africa, yes. Have her join us here at the mansion. We must discuss this together, as a family.

Gambit slams back on the couch.

GAMBIT
I don’t believe this.

Professor Xavier turns and heads back towards the foyer.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Make yourselves comfortable.

ROGUE
Cerebro?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
No…

Professor Xavier pushes a button on the chair panel. A door slides open, revealing several dials. He pushes one, it flashes and the light fades away.

Gambit walks over to Nightcrawler’s side, whom is staring out a window.

GAMBIT
You’d better be wrong about this, Kurt. You’d better be wrong and we won’t have to go back to the way things used to be.

Nightcrawler stays silent.

INT. NEW YORK CONDO – EVENING

Scott Summers is pacing the bedroom carpet in a tank shirt and some shorts. An unsure, almost distressed, look on his face as he talks to Jean, who is still in the bathroom.

CYCLOPS
I know something is wrong. But you’re not telling me. Whatever it is, I can handle it.

JEAN GREY
(from the restroom)
Scott, it’s okay. I know.

Scott walks to the master bathroom door.

CYCLOPS
Then talk to me. Don’t shut me out.
(pause)
What is it?

Silence. Cyclops walks away from the door and stands next to the bed, not knowing what to say next. Jean opens the bathroom door, stands in the entrance, Scott’s back is to her.

JEAN GREY
Scott, I know what’s wrong with me.

Cyclops turns to look at her. Jean holds up a pregnancy test and begins to cry. Cyclops freezes in place.

JEAN GREY (CONT’D)
I’m pregnant.

CYCLOPS
You’re..?

JEAN GREY
Yes.

CYCLOPS
We’re..?

JEAN GREY
Yes…

Cyclops’ knees buckled for a moment. He rushes to Jean, picks her up, turning in the middle of the floor as they kiss, laugh, and cry, letting out screams of joy.

CYCLOPS
A baby!

Suddenly, a familiar BEEPING sound is heard, they both stop, motionless.

JEAN GREY
The emergency comm-link signal.

CYCLOPS
It can’t be. It better not be!

They stand in silence as the red light under the black “X” flashes. This happened when the X-Men were called upon to fight.

EXT. X-MANSION – EVENING

In the clouds, suddenly a silver figure flies by at a great speed. The wind blows, pushing her along. ORORO MUNROE, also know as STORM, descends to the front lawn. She walks up and rings the door bell.

ROGUE
Hey, Ororo! How’ve you been?!

They hug on the porch.

STORM
Anna! Amazing. I have so many stories to tell you!
(looks over to Gambit)
Remy, you’re here!
(pause)
What’s wrong?

GAMBIT
“Nothing” I hope.

INT. X-MANSION FOYER – EVENING

Storm enters as Gambit comes forward.

STORM
Come here, give me a hug.
(hug)
I haven’t seen you in so long. You’re taking care of Anna, right?

GAMBIT
She’s keeping me outta trouble.

ROGUE
He’s been here. It’s been better since…

STORM
Since we split up.

ROGUE
Yeah.

Storm puts her hand on Rogue’s shoulder.

STORM
We had to carry that responsibility. Otherwise, the day would not have come.

ROGUE
Kurt came with us!

STORM
Where is he?!

Nightcrawler enters the room and the group slowly makes their way out of the foyer.

NIGHTCRAWLER
Greetings, Ororo.

STORM
How have you been?

NIGHTCRAWLER
Very well.

STORM
I planned to see you on your next opening!

NIGHTCRAWLER
Ah yes, that would be wonderful!

STORM
I’m hoping there’s no real “emergency.”

NIGHTCRAWLER
No. I cannot say that there is.

STORM
Then why the –

PROFESSOR XAVIER
— I need to speak with everyone as soon as possible.

Storm freezes as she sees Professor Xavier, then walks to him. They hug for a while.

STORM
Professor.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
You are..?

STORM
I’m fine.
(pause)
There’s no emergency?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
No. There “is” something I need to bring to your attention and get feedback from as many X-Men as I can.

STORM
What about?

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Nathan and Lucas are in the field. They can’t make it. Hopefully the others will be here by tomorrow night. For now, rest, relax. I actually thought they would arrive before you got here.

STORM
It has been a while.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Yes. It has.

GAMBIT
We’re having dinner together, like ol’ times?

They head for the kitchen area.

PROFESSOR XAVIER
Precisely. I think it would be the best environment to have this conversation.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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