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XMen The New Age 13
by Eric Christopher Jackson
04/23/10
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INT. WASHINGTON D.C.

The current and future President are having a discussion.

PRESIDENT
You must be out of your mind!

SLADE
Mr. President…we are on the edge of a serious catastrophe! I cannot wait until next year, I need to have my staff in place right now!

PRESIDENT
I haven't given up my position, you haven't taken the oath to get into office. Votes are still being counted!

SLADE
This goes far beyond a few disgruntled mutants. I need to speak to the ambassadors of the U.N. to figure out what's going on.

PRESIDENT
Get out of my office…

SLADE
But Mr. Pres…

PRESIDENT
I will not let you take command from me like this! Never!

SLADE
We are running out of time!

PRESIDENT
Get him outta here!

Secret Service grabs Slade pulling him out of the room…

SLADE
This is going to go far beyond your term…
(struggling)
don't drop this on me in two months!

The room is silent. The President stands with his assistant.

PRESIDENT
That boy has more than a lot of nerve…! Can you believe him?!

A knock at the door.

ASSISTANT
Excuse me, Mr. President…!

PRESIDENT
Yes, what have you got?

ASSISTANT
Unfortunately sir…
(pause)

PRESIDENT
What is it?!

ASSISTANT
Intelligence confirms. We've been able to contact most of the U.N. Ambassadors, except for a handful.

PRESIDENT
Well what are they doing? We told them to keep communications open, especially at a time like this!

ASSISTANT
Yes sir, but eight ambassadors have not gotten back with us.

PRESIDENT
Eight isn't bad…

ASSISTANT
Correct sir, but the eight ambassadors are from Russia, Iran, North Korea, India, China, Syria, Afghanistan,…and Pakistan…sir.

A long pause.

ASSISTANT
Also, satellites and intelligence confirm that Russian military forces are moving aggressively south towards Kazakhstan and Mongolia. A fraction of China's military forces are on the move…north…towards the same countries. The General has an updated report of the situation. He's waiting for you in the War Room.

PRESIDENT
(pause)
I'll wrap up here, I'm on my way…thank you.

The Assistant leaves the room. The President begins to gathers file folders and other paperwork.

PRESIDENT
How could this happen?! We agreed to destroy more than half of the nuclear capabilities across the board! They hid their weapons somehow! They lied to us Paul…they lied! All of them!

MAYFIELD
So did we Rick…this shouldn't surprise you.

PRESIDENT
We still lost a lot of our inventory!

MAYFIELD
The rest of the U.N. Ambassadors will fill us in on what their Intel knows.

The President and Mayfield walk down the hallway to the War Room. Security walking by, making sure everyone is in position if an emergency is to come up. They look up to see the General coming towards them…

WADE PETERSON (GENERAL)
Mr. President…

PRESIDENT
General Peterson, we were coming to you…

GENERAL
Understood, but I need to speak to you in private, sir…
(pause)

PRESIDENT
Let's go in here…
(they enter a small office)
What do you know so far?

GENERAL
There's no easy way to say this. A new technology has been found, being used by the Russians and the countries who seem to have formed some kind of agreement with them.

PRESIDENT
A WMD?

GENERAL
Yes sir…but it's not nuclear…no radiation trails, which is why we didn't realize they were building weapons.

PRESIDENT
They can't have power like that without it giving some kind of signature!

GENERAL
Their military forces are using the material found in wiring U.N. technicians created. We believe the Russians have plenty of it. You can power the same buildings with less than half the electricity. In our tests, it could not be used as a weapon. Somehow…they've found an energy…it could be from a mutant…when combined with the material, it becomes a deadly explosive.

PRESIDENT
How many missiles do they have with this…material?! How much of this energy do they have?!

GENERAL
To be honest sir…we don't know…

PRESIDENT
Ugh!

GENERAL
But looking at the boldness of their military movements in the passed 24 hours…they have more firepower than we can handle. They can overtake our U.N. forces…eventually…if we don't find out of to disable their energy source.

A knock at the door.

MAYFIELD
Excuse me, Mr. President…Captain Brenner has some information you need to hear…

The President and General walk down the hall continuing towards the War Room.

PRESIDENT
What are you thinking?!

GENERAL
We're going to need all the help we can get, sir.

PRESIDENT
You mean…the mutants…

GENERAL
Maybe they can help us figure out how to shut down their energy source or at least tell us where it comes from.

PRESIDENT
I'm not popular with their kind…

GENERAL
With all due respect sir…Mr. Slade is.

They stop before going through the door.

PRESIDENT
No General. I'm still in command here.

He turns away and they go inside.

PRESIDENT
Captain, you have an update for me?

BRENNER
Mr. President, yes sir! Mr. Slade and I were attacked tonight by a shape-shifter…who infiltrated his staff.

PRESIDENT
What?! Jim failed to mention that earlier…!

CAPTAIN
Apparently, it hung around to make sure we never found out about the energy and material used inside the wiring.

PRESIDENT
Where is this shape-shifter now?

CAPTAIN
Being taken to a secured facility, sir. But I wanted to warn you about how dangerous this material is. I used a small case like this, charged with the energy they're using…it knocked the shifter out cold…

PRESIDENT
So you're saying…

CAPTAIN
It doesn't take much of this stuff to blow up a city block. My guess is…they used this material in constructing there weapons. When a normal tomahawk missile explodes…it's going to cause at least three times more damage than normal.

PRESIDENT
If this is in a cruise missile…

CAPTAIN
They can build smaller, cheaper missiles…
(pause)

PRESIDENT
Do you know where this "energy" is coming from?
CAPTAIN
Only a mutant can have this type of power, sir.

PRESIDENT
I knew it! We changed the laws to help them and now it's come back on us. Ben…move our military into position. We have to defend the mainland first! Send subs to into strategic positions to defend Pearl Harbor!

SOFD
Mr. President, our men don't know what they're fighting against.

PRESIDENT
Are you suggesting that we don't defend ourselves?

SOFD
Of course not! I want to call Professor Xavier. Have a team of mutants lead are defenses.

PRESIDENT
Why?!!

SOFD
They'll die without them! This looks like a mutant attack, we need mutants who are willing to fight with us!

PRESIDENT
This country has survived for over 200 hundred years without…!

A buzz sounds. The President goes to the table and presses a button.

PRESIDENT
What is it?!

VOICE (O.S.)
An update sir…military and militia from each country have moved aggressively towards the border of their neighbors. Although the Australians are on their way for support, the Japanese army will have difficulty defending themselves until they arrive.

Interrupted.

GENERAL
A message is coming up on line 2!

An alarm rings faintly in the background.

VOICE #2 (O.S.)
This is the Israeli ambassador! We are under attack! I must warn you of their new weaponry! Our automatic defense system is knocking their missiles out of the sky. But the explosions in mid-air are so powerful they're damaging our system. I do not know how much longer we can hold them off…!

Static.

GENERAL
I'm going out there! Captain…!

CAPTAIN
Yes sir!

PRESIDENT
Where are you…?

GENERAL
Wherever I'm needed!

PRESIDENT
The mainland General, starting with Washington D.C.!

GENERAL
My advice to you…call Xavier.

The Captain and General exit the War Room. The speakers are turned on, representatives calling from around the world for the U.S. to help. The President leans of a table, head down…knowing World War III has just begun. The room is silent.

SLADE
You need my help.

PRESIDENT
Slade! Who let him in here?!

SLADE
Are you going to let down all the people who depend on you by holding on to your pride?

Screams are heard over the speakers.

PRESIDENT
(the President swallows hard, not wanting to show any weakness)
For now…I will let you "help" me…
(pause)

SLADE
I hope he's home...

Slade is calling the one person he believes can help…

XAVIER
Hello?!

SLADE
Professor Xavier.

XAVIER
Hello, Mr. Slade…I was expecting your call.

SLADE
Have you contacted the X-Men…what's your plan?!

XAVIER
I'm sorry Mr. Slade, but I have not. The X-Men are no more. They've gone on with their own lives now. If they fight, they fight because they want to…not because I've ordered them to.

SLADE
But we have to stick together more now than ever! You see what's going on!

XAVIER
Yes. I do. And I know that the X-Men have stood against evil many times before "without" the help of the government. They risked their lives for countless others in times when most people would have detained or killed them! They have given enough for this country Mr. Slade…more than enough. I cannot and will not ask them to do it again.

SLADE
I don't believe what I'm hearing…what happened?!

XAVIER
I suppose…we discovered we are more human than we thought. It is all of our responsibility to stand up for what is right. I think it's time for others to stand up where we have before. Good-bye, Mr. Slade.

Xavier hangs up the phone. Slade slams his cell on the table.

SOFD
They were close to dying too many times?

SLADE
Unbelievable. They can't back out now. We need them more than ever!

SOFD
We can broadcast you "Live" from here...ask all the mutants around the country for their help and remind them of the X-Men's heroic acts.

SLADE
Maybe Xavier is right…how can I?

SOFD
(sigh)

Slade's staff enters the room.

KENT
Turn on the TV Jim…!

They run over to the console and switch the TV control on…small televisions show up on a huge screen. Newscasts are looking at the war from different countries. They began to see several mutants fighting alongside military forces on both sides.

JESSICA
There's Russia…!

Suddenly…the lights flicker.

SOFD
Security! Sweep this place right now!

EXT. RUSSIA/MONGOLIAN BORDER - EVENING

We go into the screen where fighting is taking place on the border of Russia and Mongolia.

Omega Red is leading the charge. The Mongolians' automatic defense system is firing through large cannons, tanks, fighter jets, and men on the ground.

A mixture of bullets and energy blasts fly through the sky. Concussion blasts intercept missiles trying to hit the Mongolians. The huge mid-air explosions cause each side to keep their distances from each other.

SOLDIER
The upgraded defense system is working!

SOLDIER #2
The shrapnel will take its toll! We have to hit the source of those missiles!

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