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XMen The New Age 1
by Eric Christopher Jackson
04/10/10
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FADE IN:

In outer space, the sun comes over the edge of the Earth. The Earth is moving slowly as sparkling lights can be seen covering huge land masses.

PROFESSOR CHARLES XAVIER (VO)
The world is changing. Once…humans feared mutants and mutants feared for their lives. Military forces tried to tip the scales and rid the Earth of mutants. The mutant race was on the brink of extinction before Charles Xavier’s X-Men turned the tide. They stood against government agencies’ anti-mutant agendas. Other mutants looked on at their bravery and chose to stand with the X-Men. As more and more mutants came out of hiding and began to fight for their own freedom, the anti-mutant forces became overwhelmed. The heads of the anti-mutant organizations lost their jobs and were replaced by mutant-friendly leaders and actual mutants. The United States, along with other countries around the world, made a law which protects mutants from discrimination, segregation, and oppression around the globe.

It’s been three years since that time. Mutants live at peace, with the rest of the society. The Morlocks have been freed from being forced to live underground as well. In a special session of Congress, the law was upheld which allowed mutants to keep the right to vote. Magneto and the rest of the Brotherhood had been disbanded. Magneto found a place of solitude, having lost the will to fight. He finally wondered whether Charles Xavier had been right all along…


INT. AVALON – LIVING ROOM

MAGNETO stood in tears, next to a table of sorts, fumbling over an article in his hands. Surrounded by metal, the room is vast, but practically empty, save a large comfortable chair and a few tables about the place. He seems deep in thought.

QUICKSILVER
Dad…you should think about coming home?

MAGNETO
This is my home…

SCARLET WITCH
It must be lonely…being up here by yourself all the time.

MAGNETO
I don’t belong anywhere else, I’ve talked to you both about this before.

QUICKSILVER
I don’t want to argue.

MAGNETO
You’ve come to visit your old man? I am glad…

SCARLET WITCH
We want to be a real family again. We want normal lives!

MAGNETO
This is normal life!
(he calms himself)
I will never be one of them. You ask too much of me.

SCARLET WITCH begins to cry.

QUICKSILVER
(QuickSilver walks over to hold her)
We wanted to see how you’re doing…we still care about you.

MAGNETO
I know. I…

QUICKSILVER
(QuickSilver walks to him)
Look at yourself. You know you need to change…with everybody else. It’s time to forgive them, even if they are unforgivable!

MAGNETO
Forgive them?

QUICKSILVER
It’s in the past. Those people are dead. Mutants actually have a chance to…be normal.

SCARLET WITCH
You can help them Dad. You can help us have the freedom you fought for without starting a war. It’s the best solution to…

Magneto holds up his hand. Scarlet stops mid-sentence…

MAGNETO
Son…daughter…you make me proud…go. But I cannot go with you.

Magneto feels his emotions stir. QUICKSILVER and Scarlet Witch see the few metal objects in the room bending and twisting around them. They look at each other, then hug their father tightly. Magneto backs away, turns and floats to another level in Asteroid M. Scarlet Witch looks up after him.

SCARLET WITCH
The elections are next week. You have the opportunity to vote.

QUICKSILVER
This guy seems…like he genuinely cares about us. We haven’t been able to tell if he’s a mutant or not but…people wonder…

SCARLET WITCH
Your presence there, voting…would make a difference. Think about it.


INT. AVALON - ELEVATOR

QuickSilver and Scarlet Witch head for the elevator and take it down to the Ground Level.

QUICKSILVER
I wonder if he’ll come…

SCARLET WITCH
I’ve never been able to read him very well. He might. There’s always a chance right?

QUICKSILVER
Yeah. Getting him outta this metal rock would be a start.

SCARLET WITCH
As long as he knows where we stand, maybe that’ll help…

QUICKSILVER
Like it always has?!

SCARLET WITCH
Pietro, come on! You have to help me! Stay positive. Alright?

QUICKSILVER
Yeah, I got you.


EXT. EUROPE - DAY

They reach the teleport machine, which takes them to QuickSilver’s home in Europe.

SCARLET WITCH
See ya ‘round big brother?

QUICKSILVER
Unlikely…
(they laugh, hug each other)
Maybe I’ll come to see you this weekend Wanda.

SCARLET WITCH
Are you finally getting a car?

QUICKSILVER
Ha! With gas prices these days…insurance…? For what?

SCARLET WITCH
Had to try.

Scarlet Witch drives off in a sweet convertible sports car.


INT. NEW YORK CITY DINER - DAY

The camera moves into Scarlet Witch’s car light as she drives across the countryside surrounded by mountains and emerges from a taxi cab in the city to a small diner to find SCOTT SUMMERS and JEAN GREY reflecting over cups of coffee.

CYCLOPS
I can’t believe it…I just…can’t…can you?

JEAN GREY
No! Two years! It’s…practically a miracle.

CYCLOPS
We never thought about the day we wouldn’t have to fight anymore. I don’t think it crossed our minds.

JEAN GREY
And now…

CYCLOPS
I get to see your beautiful face at lunchtime everyday.

JEAN GREY
(smile)
I love you Scott…

CYCLOPS
I love you too, Mrs. Summers…oh…!

OWNER
Hey, isn’t the honeymoon over yet lovebirds?!

CYCLOPS
Sorry…

JEAN GREY
(laughing)
I think it just hit him though…oh, look at the time…

CYCLOPS
I wanted to watch the sunset with you this evening…

JEAN GREY
I know! Well…hey, I’ll work it out okay. Call me to make sure…

CYCLOPS
I will tell Sam to let you go. Don’t make me come up there…

JEAN GREY
Oh Scott…

CYCLOPS
I see how he looks at you too! I’ve got my eye on him!

JEAN GREY
You’re a comedian…

CYCLOPS
(laughs)
Hey Louis, lemme get the bill…

OWNER
For you, it’s on the house…

JEAN GREY
No, not again…

CYCLOPS
We couldn’t…

OWNER
Are you serious? Wasn’t for you guys, my business would’ve burned to the ground! Take off. And remember, we’re having the special tomorrow, cherry pie. Mom’s own recipe, you don’t wanna miss that…

CYCLOPS
Oh, I won’t, it’s the best…

JEAN GREY
You and pie…
(laughing)
bye, Louis…

OWNER
Tomorrow!

As Jean and Cyclops walk out of the diner’s door, Jean feels ackward.

JEAN GREY
Whoa…

CYCLOPS
What’s wrong?...Jean…

JEAN GREY
I…um…whew…I’m fine. You should really stop worrying about me so much, sweety.

CYCLOPS
Hm. I’ll ask Professor Xavier to check on you…

JEAN GREY
Scott, we’ve talked about this. I’m not a child okay…if something’s wrong…I can handle it…

CYCLOPS
I know! It’s…I only want to be with one person Jean. No one else. No one can replace you. Okay?

JEAN GREY
I’m sorry…I… Why don’t we just go now? I guess I need the break anyway.

CYCLOPS
Jean, you’re a strong woman. That’s one of the things I love about you. You can take care of yourself and you don’t need me all the time. But I don’t mind protecting the love of my life.

JEAN GREY
You always know how to say the right things…ahhh, what are you doing?!
(laughing)

Cyclops picks up Jean Grey, carries her across the street towards her work place…

CYCLOPS
Don’t worry Mrs. Summers, I’ll take you to safety!
(laughing)

JEAN GREY
Scott, no, stop…!

Cars slow down, people passing by stop to look, they began to clap, people in cars honk their horns, cheering… Cyclops puts Jean down on the other side of the road, her face is red from embarrassment…

JEAN GREY
You are so silly…

They kiss. The crowd reacts.

PASSER-BYERS
Get a room!

Jean hurries in, gets her belongings, comes back out. She and Cyclops walk arm in arm as they walk to the beach.

Scott Summers and Jean Grey are holding each other, watching the sunset…hair blowing in the wind. No war, no stress…no mission to save the world. Just a normal, peaceful day.


INT. CANADA – WOOD CABIN – 5:00 A.M.

In the woods, a wood cabin, beautiful lake…a dim light inside, flame flickering. An alarm clock buzzes annoyingly at the strike of 5 a.m. Three blades of adamantium steel claws tear through it like butter into a wooden night stand. LOGAN sits up drowsily, but intently. Gathers his thoughts and jumps from the bed. Brushing his teeth, washing up, puts on some comfortable clothes, jeans, shirt, and jacket, he heads out the door. Hops on his motorcycle and takes off down an empty highway. Emerging in the snowy mountains, beginning of sunrise. Logan sits in the snow overlooking the valley covered in white. Eyes closed, he hears a sound, but knew he was already there.

WOLVERINE
Came to check on me?

ICEMAN
I wanted to know how you’re holding up. You need to talk or…

WOLVERINE
Nothing to talk about…

ICEMAN
Look man, I know we aren’t best friends, but I’ve fought with you long enough to care.

Logan gets up, fighting emotions, not knowing what to say. ICEMAN walks next to him as they look over the cliff.

ICEMAN
Almost outta wood huh?

WOLVERINE
Yeah.

ICEMAN
I’m off to the Arctic. The coolest snow is out there.

WOLVERINE
There’s a difference to you?

ICEMAN
‘Course!
(pause)
I do carry my phone, you know…

WOLVERINE
You miss it too huh?

ICEMAN
I don’t miss fighting, no! But…well…you guys are like family now. I didn’t realize…

WOLVERINE
…You were apart of a family. I know. I’m always ready for the fight though…

ICEMAN
(laughing)
Yeah, we busted up some Sentinels in our time. I ice ‘em, you dice ‘em.

WOLVERINE
(smile)
You had skill, I’ll give you that.

ICEMAN
Well…I gotta go man. The ice is calling me.

WOLVERINE
Hey…

ICEMAN
Yeah?

WOLVERINE
How about a few practice shots before you go?

ICEMAN
I don’t know Logan, it’s been a while since you’ve felt the heat…

WOLVERINE
Bring it on, bub…

ICEMAN
Whatever…

Iceman’s hands light up as he creates sharp ice cycles.

ICEMAN
One fast ball coming up.

He fires ice cycles at Wolverine which Logan dodges and cuts with his claws into pieces.

ICEMAN
Not bad for an ol’ man…

Iceman fires a beam of ice and Logan leaps out of the way. Seeing Logan bear down on him, Iceman turns his hands into ice picks, swiping at Logan. Logan cuts them away; Iceman creates an ice piece which juts out of the ground; Logan steps back, leaping…flipping backwards landing on his feet. The two trade several swipes and kicks at each other. As Wolverine’s claws come at his face, Iceman shoots a beam of ice directly below him, propelling him into the air. Wolverine gives him a smile.

ICEMAN
Not bad at all.

WOLVERINE
Learned some new moves?

ICEMAN
My powers seem to be…growing…I don’t know. I’m going to the Arctic to check ‘em out, see what else I can do.

WOLVERINE
(An awkward pause)
Thanks for the stretch. I needed it.

ICEMAN
Stretch?! Okay. Um…take care Logan.
(they shake hands)
Let’s not do that again sometime, I don’t want you to kill me.
(laughing)

Wolverine nods, small smile. Iceman makes an ice slide as he jumps off the cliff and Wolverine calls to him.

WOLVERINE
Hey Bobby…

ICEMAN
Yo…?

WOLVERINE
(gives a short wave)

ICEMAN
Don’t mention it. Be Cool!

Iceman takes off on his ice slide across the valley.


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B Brenton 11 Apr 2010
Now, I'm an X-men fan for sure, but I'd like to know more about where this script fits in on faithwriters instead of fanfiction.net. But I do think it's pretty good, it's always fine writing fanfiction scripts first before attempting original scripts. ^^




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