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XMen The New Age 3
by Eric Christopher Jackson
04/10/10
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EXT. X-MANSION FRONT DOOR - DAY

At the front door of the X-Mansion. Rogue rings the door bell, it opens automatically. PROFESSOR CHARLES XAVIER sits near, in a new gold tone wheelchair HOVERING off the ground.

XAVIER
My goodness…look at you all.
(huge smile)

ROGUE
Hi Professor.

XAVIER
A pleasure to see you again Rogue…to see you all…

GAMBIT
Home sure looks bigger than it used to…

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

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

NIGHTCRAWLER
Greetings 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.
(smile)

XAVIER
That face you make…what’s wrong?

NIGHTCRAWLER
Well…

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

GAMBIT
I hope it’s nothing…
(pause)

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

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

GAMBIT
It’s good news to me…

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.

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 and not bloodshed, mutants are taking their rightful place in society.

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

GAMBIT
Better not be…

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…

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!

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

XAVIER
Kurt, what’s on your mind?

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…

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.

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!

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?!

XAVIER
I’ll contact Ororo first, she is the furthest away…

ROGUE
She went back home?

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

GAMBIT
I don’t believe this…

XAVIER
Make yourselves comfortable…

ROGUE
Cerebro…?

XAVIER
Yes, I won’t be long.

Gambit walks over to Nightcrawler’s side, who is staring out a smaller window, without looking at him he says:

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.


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.

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

JEAN GREY
(inside 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 his place to hear…

JEAN GREY
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 stood in silence as the red light under the black “X” flashed. This only happened when the X-Men were called upon to fight.

CYCLOPS/JEAN GREY
(whisper)
No.


EXT. IN THE SKY - EVENING

In the clouds, suddenly a silver figure flies by at a great speed. The wind blows, pushing her along. A look down from the sky, the X-Mansion Estate is seen below. STORM descends to the front lawn. She walks up and rings the door bell.

ROGUE
Hey Ororo, how’ve you been?!

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

GAMBIT
“Nothing” I hope…

STORM
Come here, give me a hug…
(hug)
I haven’t seen you in so long. You’re taking care of Rogue, 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
We had to carry that responsibility…otherwise, the day would not have come.

ROGUE
Kurt came with us!

STORM
Where is he?!

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…

XAVIER
I need to speak with everyone as soon as possible…

STORM
Professor…
(hug/emotional moment)

XAVIER
You are…?

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

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?

XAVIER
They are all coming here; hopefully everyone 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…

XAVIER
Yes. It has.

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

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


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