XMen The New Age 9
by Eric Christopher Jackson
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EXT. ACROSS THE COUNTRY – NEW YORK - EVENING
From city to city…members of the X-Men, Excalibur, the Avengers, along with other Marvel characters are seen in and around voting centers casting their vote parading the same memorabilia for their candidate.
We see high above the Earth from California, racing across the country as clouds fly by, time speeds up, the sun beginning to set. We descend on New York City where the sun sets first in the country and the voting centers close first. It's almost seven o'clock at night. The voting center promises to stay open longer until the remaining people in line have voted.
Scott Summers and Jean Grey are outside of the voting center. The National Guard is patrolling the streets. People are hanging around the area long after they've voted. Helicopters fly overhead, helping the men on the ground keep an eye on things. Scott and Jean watch a helicopter fly by…
Wow…what a day…it's just…
I am so glad our child will be able to see all of this.
I thought the day would never end…our vote is going to change the world…
The street lights flicker. Everyone pauses.
A long pause…the world seems to stand still for a moment. Then…an explosion across the street…second story of a building explodes…pieces of concrete fly into the street. People began to scream and run. As Scott and Jean began to run towards the explosion, another explosion occurs down the street, then another right above them. Everyone is startled, not knowing which way to run.
Jean Grey runs down the street and holds up huge fragments falling from buildings in front of her. Cyclops runs to the area where the first explosion occurred and helps people stuck under debris.
Suddenly, from a city bus driven to the top of a parking garage…a man shouts out…
Jean Grey is struggling to hold up the mounting pieces of falling debris throughout the busy city streets…
It's too much! I can't hold it…! Scott…! Scott…!
Cyclops is busy filtering people to safety and firing away falling debris when he looks back across the street and sees Jean Grey losing her control over falling debris. He runs towards her.
Debris starts to fall. Cyclops is running to Jean…the city bus rides off the parking garage roof breaking through the cement wall…falling towards Jean, who is a bit disoriented.
A mother and child run into Jean and she covers them as the city bus and debris are falling towards them overhead.
Shots are fired from different directions, Cyclops shoots them all…just before the first cement stone hits them…
Cyclops reaches Jean's side, as she's holding the mother and the child…looks up, rips his glasses off his face and fires a POWERFUL, WIDE optic blast dead center of the vertical falling city bus and debris.
A HUGE explosion is heard through the city as the bus and cement blocks are practically vaporized, missing Cyclops, Jean, the mother, and the child.
(puts his glasses back on)
Are you alright?!
They all hug Scott so tightly, he is almost embarrassed.
JEAN GREY, MOTHER, CHILD
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
For Jean…she only loves Scott more as she is reminded why she loves him so much.
How's your power?
It's coming back. I'm fine…I just…
It's okay Jean…
No! I'm so sorry…someone could've gotten killed because…!
Them! Because of them! They set these bombs, they set us up! They knew we would come out here to help people!
Come on…this isn't over yet, we have to get outta here…
All the while, Jean is thinking…"I'm gonna be strong enough next time…"
As they run down the street, grenades are thrown in their direction, but Cyclops cannot tell where they are coming from.
Suddenly he spots a man firing a grenade from a launcher, but they are unable to move away in time.
Streams of plasma energy intercept it, causing a mid-air explosion. Then Jubilee shoots the man who attacked them. They find cover in a restaurant, kneeling on the floor.
Are you guys hurt?!
Jubilee! Thank you! We have to get out here now!
The X-Jet is coming…
Jubilee, did anyone come with you?
No…I wanted to hang out here after class…
Another explosion happened nearby, the National Guard returned fire…
We need to get to the roof, get Jean out of here, and help the National Guard fight whoever's behind this…
No! I want you to stay with me!
I have to…
I do not want our child growing up without a father!
They're coming this way!
Professor Xavier telepathically gets their attention.
X-Men, get to the roof, it's too dangerous for me to land anywhere near here…
The X-Jet flies by avoiding gunfire from the rooftops of the city. The roof is clear as Cyclops and Jubilee check around. They see the X-Jet flying overhead, rocket launchers firing at it, the X-Jet dodges them in the distance to avoid heavy damage…
It's going by too fast!
Shots are firing from the roof of the building across the street at them. They've been spotted. They can see teams of men on other rooftops in the area adjusting their positions to fire at them. Cyclops and Jubilee fire back a few shots and duck for cover.
The Professor can't pick us up, their target is the X-Jet.
If we stay here, we won't survive. We have to fight them off…
Too many people will be hurt in the process. These buildings are full of businesses…
The Professor's coming back…!
Cyclops grits his teeth, he stands up to fire a few more shots, then sees a rocket launcher being loaded to fire directly at the building they're on…
Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Jubilee back away from the edge of the building…the rocket launcher is set to fire when suddenly a beam pierces the launcher, splitting it in two.
At the entrance of a stairwell door, Henry McCoy, code name Beast, stands holding a powerful weapon.
The men turn towards him and open fire. He dodges every bullet and fires his own weapon, cutting their guns to pieces.
The men charge at him swinging, punching, but he avoids their fists, returning punches and kicks of his own, knocking them on their backs as they come.
By this time, the X-Jet settles above Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Jubilee long enough for them to enter the lowered bay door.
We have to get Hank! Their reinforcements are coming..!
Just then, Professor Xavier veers the plane left to narrowly avoid a rocket shot at them from a nearby roof. The Professor turns the plane around and suddenly sees Beast…
Hank, behind you…!
Men from the roof behind him stand up, weapons locked onto Beast, he leaps forward as a few shots are fired, one bullet going through the side edge of his arm and one through the side of his leg.
He falls to the ground, rolls and sees more men coming through the entrance on the roof he's on. He knows he doesn't have enough time to move out of the way and the X-Jet is approaching him overhead, still being fired upon.
The men prepare to fire as they dodge the laser beams he fires while lying on his back. A few step out to fire, he closes his eyes, hears the gunshots, but instead of feeling pain, he hears the screams of these men.
He opens his eyes to see the National Guard on the roof disarming and firing at his attackers.
Beast turns to his right, looking up to see Jubilee running to his side. Suddenly she fires plasma blasts passed him, knocking an armed man down who was hiding to shoot them at the right moment. A determined look on her face, Jubilee helps Beast up the best she can, they make it into the X-Jet. Professor X is still at the controls.
Another rocket is fired at them as he pulls away from the rooftops. They hear an explosion which forces the plane forward, but no serious damage has been done. A rocket was fired at them, but the National Guard fired a blast of their own to intercept it.
A trail of smoke and energy hang in the air that marks the collision.
Professor Xavier telepathically says to all of the men, "thank you, thank you for helping us…"
Some soldiers turn towards to plane flying off in the distance and salute, some give a wave or a nod. They clear the area and began searching for the more armed men. Other soldiers looked through the rubble and buildings trying to figure out how they were set to detonate. One soldier sees something and calls it in…
I found something in Area 4…you need to see this.
Other soldiers come over to look at what was found…
JACOBS (SOLDIER #2)
Are you sure you want to report this? I mean…
We have to.
The captain rides up in a heavily armored jeep, jumps out of the passenger side.
What is it?
The Soldier shows a thin, light blue wire coming out of the concrete to the Captain.
You found anymore like this?
Over here, sir!
The Captain walks over…more thin, light blue wiring.
Okay gentlemen, let's not jump to conclusions. You understand?!
(long pause, he stares at the wire)
This raises a lot of questions. We need to get to the bottom of this. Fast! Horner, take your team further south. The rest of you stay here and keep your eyes open! Jacobs, take the guys we took into custody to base, I want them interrogated immediately! We give our full report at 2200 hours! Let's go!
The voting booths on the west side prepared to close down when they heard about what happened here. The people wouldn't go home. Teams were sent out to find any explosives set to detonate.
They found them before they blew. We were lucky this time.
JACOBS (SOLDIER #2)
Why wouldn't they all detonate at once around the country?
Maybe something went wrong, I don't know, but these people aren't stupid. They have upgrades on their weapons I didn't know existed. Find what you can, whatever looks suspicious, get back to me. Let's move out!
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