X-MEN: THE NEW AGE (pgs.98-112)

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

EXT. NYC STREETS – DAY

The sun rises over the city and Katie Lee begins to speak about the main news topic of the day with the news station in Washington D.C.

KATIE LEE
It began with the National Guard and now the Army Reserve has moved in to block off huge sections of the cities that came under attack yesterday, shortly before the voting booths closed on the East Coast. No media is allowed in the area. Even news helicopters do not have permission to fly into these air spaces. We can only speculate the reasons behind the military’s actions, though we have been receiving calls from the local residents. As they leave their homes, they cannot take their normal routes to work and other places. They are being detoured to other parts of the cities. The businesses closet to the voting centers are not going to open today. We are told that the military will remove all debris from the explosions before they will allow people to return. Rob.

ROB
Katie, I believe many of our viewers get the feeling the government is using the military to hide what happened there. Could someone from our own government be behind these tragedies?

KATIE
That’s my guess, the White House Spokesman has not addressed the media at this point, which is very unusual after an event like this.

ROB
Stay on the scene, Katie. Maybe someone will tell you something about what happened yesterday.

KATIE
I’ll definitely be here.

INT. NEWS STATION – WASHINGTON D.C. – DAY

ROB
Thank you, Katie, reporting from New York City. Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately, all we can do now is sit and wait for word from military officials or the White House. We pray that international terrorists are not involved. But, at this point, we can’t rule anything out until we know exactly what happened.
(to Dan)
Dan, do you have anything to add?

Dan is in standing in front of a large LED screen.

DAN
Robert, we have our own “experts” if you will, looking at the videos of the explosions from yesterday. As they study the film and compare it to other footage we have of recent explosions, we may be able to tell what kind of bombs were used in yesterday’s attacks.

ROB
That is remarkable. Leave those men to their work. We’re anxiously waiting to hear their thoughts. Any comments from them so far?

DAN
Only that the technology is new, as far as explosives go. These bombs are more precise, more organized in how they explode. Like nothing they’ve ever seen before.

ROB
Do you know if they’re ruling out the involvement of mutants in this incident?

DAN
Yes, the explosions seem to be from man-made bombs, but as I said, their complexity is on another level. As you see here in the video, the bombs don’t go off at the same time “and” some of these explosions are smaller than others.

Dan runs the video of the NYC explosions back, then forward in slow motion.

DAN (CONT’D)
They pretty much carve out a piece of this building before the huge explosion brings this wall of concrete down. Whoever is behind this is very smart and has access to advanced military technology.

ROB
There is a scary thought. Now folks, let’s not jump to conclusions here, but we have to put the pieces together. The more we look at the video, the more questions we ask, the faster we’ll get to the bottom of all of this. We’ll be back in a moment.

INT. RUSSIA – COLOSSUS’ HOME – NIGHT

Piotr Rasputin turns off the television with the remote control. He turns off the lights in his home.

EXT. COLOSSUS’ HOME – NIGHT

Piotr heads out the door and locks it. He starts his car and drives off. As he heads across the countryside, he turns on the XM Satellite radio to listen to the news reports from the U.S.

INT. NEWS STATION – WASHINGTON D.C. – DAY

ROB
They have their reasons behind this as well. Yes, the votes have all been counted, we know who the next President of the United States will be. However, military forces on the ground backup the message from the White House. No newscast will report the winner until their investigation is over. To my knowledge, they haven’t given any of us a reason why. But for the sake of national security and out of respect for our military forces, we are following these instructions.
(pause)
Wait, we’re getting an update. Katie, do you have something for us?

EXT. NYC STREETS – DAY

KATIE
Yes, Rob they have cleared this area in what seems like record time! Trucks have moved in to remove the barricades –

ROB
— Wow, this is a sudden move by the ground forces, isn’t it?

KATIE
It seems that they’ve planned this very well and, Rob, the National Guard is pulling out. They are leaving the area! Our camera-man can show you, people are looking out the windows of their apartments wondering what’s going on –

ROB
— Any word from the commander of these forces?

KATIE
Wait, soldiers are heading this way.
(to Troy)
Can you tell us what’s happening?!

TROY
I’ve been ordered to tell you to wrap this up, now.

KATIE
But we’re live on –

TROY
— I’m sorry. You and your crew go back to your news station, this armored vehicle will be your escort.

KATIE
What?

TROY
(into the camera)
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your cooperation up to this point, please stay off the streets until we give you further instructions. We’re simply looking out for everyone’s safety.

KATIE
Safety from who?

Troy backs up, looks around at his men quickly.

TROY
Let’s go!

INT. NEWS STATION – DAY

The signal dies, the TV screens around the nation blank out and the feed returns to the main headquarters of the news media.

ROB
We’ve lost Katie! I don’t know what’s going on, but we’ve been told not to send additional reporters to the scene! If anyone can hear or see anything from your homes or wherever you are, contact the station immediately!

INT. NYC – UNDERGROUND FACILITY

Jim Slade, Rosenburg, and Captain Brenner are walking down a corridor to a lab.

SLADE
I don’t think anyone knows I’m here. The news about the explosions has the media’s attention. What did you find?

BRENNER
This blue wiring was found at all the scenes, embedded into the concrete.

SLADE
What’s so special about this?

BRENNER
Nothing really. It’s standard electrical lines that are normally apart of all modern architecture. Electricians started using it about five years ago. It creates more light using less power. Of course, cities who could afford it began purchasing this type of wire to save money and become “more green” as they call it.

SCIENCE LAB

They walk through double doors.

SLADE
How does this tie into the explosions?

BRENNER
Those teams were already in position to blow up specific sections of those buildings. All of these building sections had been updated with these new wires. As you’ll see, when charged with the type of energy those soldiers were using in their weapons, the wires can ignite. Explode.

SLADE
Why didn’t this danger come up in the test results? Someone covered it up?

BRENNER
I’ve never seen energy pulses like the ones they use in their weapons. I don’t think the inspectors knew it existed. Or enough officials looked away. But we all helped create this wire. Military technicians met at the U.N. from various countries to work together on finding another way to conserve resources globally. It’s tough to gather evidence that points to who is the most responsible.

SLADE
If the U.N. loses credibility, the mutant laws passed a few years ago will certainly be challenged. They’ll be held responsible for letting this threat go right passed them.

BRENNER
If I may say, sir, with only two months left in office, the current President has no power. And if the primaries indicate how yesterday’s vote went, you are the new President of the United States.

SLADE
I know, I know. Suggestions?

BRENNER
You’re asking me?

SLADE
Yes.

BRENNER
You have to take control of the White House, right now, while we still have time. Get your cabinet members and staff together, go to Washington, D.C. The President has to step aside –

SLADE
— He won’t allow that and you know it!

BRENNER
You asked me, sir!

SLADE
Allan, Allan you’ve been quiet. What’s on your mind?

As Allan puts his hand on Rosenburg’s shoulder, Allan’s form changes. He is an imposter, a shape-shifter. MYSTIQUE. Eyes glowing, she swings at Slade’s head, but Slade dodges it.

The Captain rushes Mystique knocking her backwards, but a device attached to her palm lights up and FIRES an energy beam at the Captain hitting him in the chest, he falls to the ground.

Mystique turns her attention back to Slade, firing another energy beam. Slade leaps out of the way, the explosion behind him launches him forward into a wall.

HALLWAY

Military forces from the base run down the corridor to the room, but the door is jammed.

SCIENCE LAB

Mystique charges up the energy beam about to fire on Slade when the Captain hits her in the head with a metal container knocking her backwards.

The energy beam FIRES at the ceiling. Debris falls all around them.

Mystique hurls the Captain across the room when Slade jumps over a console and kicks her with both feet together. Only stunned, she knocks Slade back over the console and prepares to fire.

The Captain picks up a small container.

BRENNER
Catch!

Mystique spins her arm around to fire on the Captain as the small container spins towards her. The energy beam hits to container first and EXPLODES knocking Mystique unconscious.

Slade and the Captain come up from hiding behind the fallen debris.

BRENNER (CONT’D)
Are you alright?!

SLADE
Yeah. You?

BRENNER
Fine. How long has he been working for you?!

SLADE
They probably killed Rosenburg and sent this thing to us in his place. We should’ve detected she was a shifter, but our scans came up clean. But how?

BRENNER
Look, she’s got the new tech gear implanted in her skin. Almost a replica of Rosenburg’s energy.

SLADE
What did you throw at her?!

Brenner kneels down to hot-wire the room’s door.

BRENNER
The wiring. A taste of her own medicine. They probably used various levels of this energy pulse to detonate the explosives. Got it!

The Captain repaired enough of the wires to get the entrance open. Some of the soldiers storm into the room.

BRENNER (CONT’D)
We gotta get you top-side, they may know we’re onto them.
(to his men)
Stay in groups. If something or someone seems out of place, notify everyone immediately.

GROUP
Yes, sir!

BRENNER
Move out!

Jim Slade is escorted upwards by a large group of soldiers.

EXT. RUSSIA – MILITARY FACILITY – NIGHT

In the pouring rain, Piotr is running through trees and bushes in human form towards the facility in the distance. Spotlights are rotating back and forth. Security seems tight. He pauses to survey the property taking out a small device showing the facilities layout and his exact position.

Looking at the time on the screen, he moves forward.

A group of trucks can be heard and appear over a hill coming towards the rear of the building.

COLOSSUS
On time.

He moves in closer, closer as the trucks go by. As the last one passes, he runs out to its side and grabs onto the bottom of the truck.

REAR ENTRANCE

The door is opened to the facility and the trucks pull in. Russian soldiers exit the trucks and begin unloading material contained in crates, containers, and boxes by hand and with forklifts.

GENERAL WINSTROM
Take these supplies down to the lab.

SOLDIERS
Yes, sir!

GENERAL WINSTROM
Carefully! We don’t want to waste any of it!

INT. RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE – NIGHT

Soldiers escort long floating platforms of the supplies unloaded to a huge elevator door.

ELEVATOR

They enter and the elevator descends deep below the surface.

MEDICAL LAB

The doors open to a military medical lab, the platforms hover into the room and settle on the floor next to many other platforms just like it.

Two soldiers make sure the platforms are “off” and return to the elevator, heading back up to the surface.

Colossus emerges from the crates having a look around. Very dark, only emergency lights seem to be on, with a few faint glows from containers and monitors here and there. He and Nightcrawler had been in a place like this before. But this room holds more advanced technology. He is surprised it is kept basically unguarded.

He takes out his computer device to conduct a thermo scan of the area. Everything is cold, save the monitors and electrical equipment.

But something on the little screen seems to distort slightly for a split second. He looks towards that area, but cannot make out anything. He creeps over to get a closer look.

His eyes glow in the darkness, fully encased in his organic metal, the reflections of the dimly lit area show on his body. He stands up after deciding there are no cameras in the area. He slowly walks passed metal beams from the ceiling.

OMEGA RED (O.S.)
We meet again, Piotr.

Colossus turns in various directions, looking, but not seeing anyone.

Omega Red’s yellow eyes glow in the darkness. The smoke vapors coming from his body is evidence of how cold he is. Faint light vaguely shows his red armor and pale skin.

COLOSSUS
Arkady?

OMEGA RED
I will enjoy destroying you.

COLOSSUS
The X-Men will defeat you again, Arkady.

OMEGA RED
I will have my revenge, and all of the X-Men will die, starting with you.

With that said, Omega Red’s whips shoot out at Colossus who jumps out of the way and they tie around iron beams.

Colossus picks up a monitor station and throws it at Omega Red knocking him backwards. Then he leaps forward punching Omega Red with lefts and rights charging up his strength with as much power as he can muster.

Omega Red grabs his fist and slings him across the room.

Colossus lands on balance.

But Omega Red is on top of him immediately punching and kicking in his own combinations. Then, he grabs Colossus with his whip and throws him across the room.

A bit dazed, Colossus gets off his back to his hands and knees.

Omega’s whip wraps around his neck and begins to drain his energy.

But apparently, Colossus as gotten stronger since their last encounter. He tries to pull the whip from around his neck, grabs the long end attached to Omega and begins to spin Omega swinging him around in a circle through monitors and glass containers.

Omega Red’s whip releasing from around Colossus’ neck and he’s thrown into crates against the wall.

As Colossus charges in to deliver a finishing blow a huge energy pulse hits him, knocking him off his feet.

The same team of special forces that killed Allan Rosenburg surround Colossus now. “FREEDOM” imprinted on their armor.

Omega Red leaps forward as Colossus is distracted, head-butting him.

Colossus stumbles backwards, more energy pulses fire at him, he’s stunned.

Omega’s whip wraps around him and begins to drain more energy. Then, throws him into more crates in the lab.

Colossus struggles to his knees, a whip comes, wraps around his neck, and pushes him against a wall, choking him and draining more power.

The FREEDOM leader, Shawn Johnson, walks forward, standing in front of Colossus. His suit lights up, he dials the device on his arm to charge his weapon to full power.

A long blade extends out of the hidden sheath, glowing bright lime green. With a pause, Johnson draws back and thrust the blade against Colossus’ stomach.

But at that moment, Colossus charges up his energy and as the blade hits his organic metal core, it breaks off from the his arm. Shawn lets out a loud cry.

COLOSSUS
So, you are human.

Omega Red rushes forward and punches Colossus’ head back through the wall. He is out cold.

The lab’s elevator doors open. General Winstrom walks in.

GENERAL WINSTROM
Contain him! I want to know exactly what kind of metal this is that can withstand our energy pulse. We need him alive to get useful results.

OMEGA RED
No! Destroy him now! He’s a threat to our –

GENERAL WINSTROM
I am in charge now, Omega Red!

Russian soldiers surround Omega Red with weapons emitting a faint light blue color and vapor. Cold air.

GENERAL WINSTROM (CONT’D)
You agreed to do this our way this time. Contrary to the past, our technology is advanced enough to send you back to the cold where you stand in a matter of seconds. However, we would rather work with you to control these mutants. They cannot stop us from reaching our ultimate victory.

OMEGA RED
Your way. But make no mistake General, I will protect Mother Russia and all her glory.

GENERAL WINSTROM
We’re on the same side then, yes?
(pause)
Come. It is time. Time to take back what is ours and not simply restore Russia, but make her a greater power than she was before.

Colossus is locked down to a smaller hovering platform. Two units escort him to another medical lab room.

UPPER LEVEL

General Winstrom and Omega Red ascend to the surface level of the military base.

Anger blazes in Omega Red’s eyes, but in his mind, he knows this “age” is different. His own government has discovered a technology powerful enough to kill him.

MISSILE ROOM

Omega Red follows the General through a small double door. The room is completely dark.

GENERAL WINSTROM
You will see, Omega Red, we are on the same side.

Spotlights turn on in the foreground first, progressing to the background.

Omega Red’s eyes widen in surprise as he sees massive warheads ready to be fired within hours. The Bay doors open and crews roll out missiles and other ammunition to an open area where they could be loaded onto planes.

OMEGA RED
(stepping forward, raising his arms)
It is magnificent!

GENERAL WINSTROM
You were the last piece of the puzzle. If you faithfully cooperate with your government, the government that gave you life, you will be rewarded with great territory to rule over. We will be the greatest superpower to reign in history.
(pause)
Are you with us?

OMEGA RED
(small smile)
Aaahhh!

The General smiles and walks away, nodding to top officers to proceed with the plan.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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