XMen The New Age 20
by Eric Christopher Jackson
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EXT. JAPAN - NIGHT
A large convoy and aircraft from the Australian military have arrived, firing away at the enemy army and navy. Missiles fire out of the water from enemy submarines to intercept them.
Wolverine is on the move. His claws rip through the side of an armored vehicle as he and a small group rode on motorcycle-like vehicles. Mobile, light, but sturdy. A red-orange glow near the bottom is seen, keeping the motor-vehicle off the ground.
They approach an open area, enemy ground troops and armored vehicles race towards them. Wolverine presses the screen on the console, weapons emerge from the sides of the vehicle…they fire bullets that look more like blue lasers that penetrate everything in their way.
A blinking red square appears on his small monitor "Urgent Message". He presses the screen button, message reads: "Wolverine, Needed in the U.S." He speeds up, blasting his way through ground forces.
INT. JAPAN – TRANSPORT VEHICLE - NIGHT
Inside one of the transport vehicles, a soldier is at a console's touch-screen, inputting commands. Guns built into the unit are firing away. The transport vehicles are traveling in small groups along the coast of Japan, engaging the enemy.
Bullets, even rockets, seem to have little to no effect on the special armor of these units. We see from high in the sky, the Chinese, North Korean army is massive, but they are being overwhelmed by the complex weapons of the Japanese.
Many squads begin to retreat, while the Japanese army intensifies their fire and pursuit of them with the aid of the Australian forces.
In the distance, Wolverine's cycle speeds through the night towards an open area where one of Japan's advanced jets waits…the bay door is open.
INT. AREA 51
Cable, Bishop, and Shawn Johnson are walking down a corridor.
As you can see, gentlemen, we are perfectly fine here. It's the rest of the world you have to worry about.
I'm not worried…
Well, I guess…
What's over there…?
Gentlemen…this is classified information…
You're gonna tell us the real story?
They reach a secure area. Johnson unlocks the security through a console…the doors open. As they walk down a hall they see holding cells, but one is active near the end of the corridor.
We discovered the source behind the explosions…
Bishop stops him. Johnson shrugs his hand away.
And you didn't bother to tell anybody?!
I told you…this is classified information!
He walks off. They follow.
Through hours of research we found the technology to contain it…
In a holding cell..?
They stopped in front of a door, energized…Johnson pushed buttons on a touch screen…another monitor came alive to show…
A teenage girl?!
I know…it's hard to believe. Her mutant abilities are off the charts. I don't think she knows how to control her powers.
Hmm…….she looks scared.
We don't have a choice. She's a danger to everyone!
Why not call Professor Xavier? I'm sure…
Professor Xavier made it quite clear that he does not want to get involved with government affairs and besides…we can handle this…
I take it she's not going anywhere for a while. What about her parents?
They understand. This is about our nation's security!
Johnson turns off the monitor.
There's gotta be better way to handle this…
Don't worry Bishop. We'll take care of it.
I'll show you gentlemen out.
They take an elevator back to the ground floor. An armored jeep pulls up, along with other armored vehicles.
Thanks Mr. Johnson…
If you come across any important INTEL just let us know.
Bishop gives a wave, Cable follows Bishop into the jeep they drove up in, and the convoy drives off towards the checkpoint.
EXT. AREA 51 – DAY
As they drive.
I forgot to ask him something…
How did the Russian army find out about a teenage girl with mutant powers that could be used to improve their military weapons and armor?
You wanna go back and ask him?
Bishop only gives Cable "a look"…they drive through the checkpoint.
You think he's lying?
Cable gives Bishop "a look".
He tried to get us outta there without telling us about the girl. He's holding something else back. If the Russians kidnapped her for her mutant ability, we never saw that on the news. Then the U.S. has to get her back "from Russian territory"…!
Didn't see that on the news either…
…to bring her to Area 51!
Xavier knows something wrong…
We still don't have any proof of that!
Bishop makes a weird face as he looks into the rear-view mirror. Cable looks back…a long line of armored vehicles are beginning to guard the perimeter.
They're loading up…
Cable takes out his weapon.
…like the base is about to be…
They hear gunfire in the distance. Aircraft fly overhead.
Are they attacking their own base?!
Bishop whirls the jeep around, going in the direction the F/22s are heading.
Maybe somebody found out about the girl! We gotta get back to her!
20 stories down! Not through the checkpoint!
Planes fly by, shooting towards the ground with energy pulses.
The enemy probably tried to duplicate the girl's power…
Not as effective as they thought it would be?!
Probably not, the girl's too young to have reached full strength! She's locked up tight though, we might need a plan to get her out!
They speed over the sand, passing the boundaries of Area 51. The FREEDOM aircrafts are still in the distance, shooting towards the ground. The F/22s fly by again straight for these aircraft.
Who's on the ground out there?!
EXT. NEVADA DESERT – DAY
Cable is right. Along with military forces from New York City, Cyclops and Jean Grey fight FREEDOM as well as the Juggernaut.
There are aircraft from both sides smoking in the distance after crash landing.
F/22s drop bombs on Juggernaut, FREEDOM men get knocked off their feet, yards away from the impact. FREEDOM aircraft begin to trail the F/22s shooting one of them down.
It is a desert and mountainous area. Sand covers the landscape. Juggernaut charges directly for Cyclops and Jean Grey. Cyclops fired his optic blast, with little effect, then Jean focuseS as much as she can then shoots out a powerful force actually knocking Juggernaut on his back.
The soldiers rush beside them and fire powerful light cartridges as Juggernaut gets up in a rage. The cartridges hit him and explode revealing such an intense light, he has to cover his eyes.
More FREEDOM transport aircraft arrive in the distance, armored vehicles unload, convoys of upgraded vehicles race towards the soldiers. They began firing blast of energy pulses.
Cyclops, Jean Grey, along with the rest of the soldiers fall back. Then, reinforcements show up…aircraft begin firing at FREEDOM battalions on the ground.
An aircraft carrier flies overhead, lower to the ground than usual. Archangel, Psylocke, Iceman, Storm, and ShadowCat emerge. Archangel has Psylocke by the waist as he streaks through the air avoiding energy blasts.
Bishop and Cable drive by, firing out of their armored jeep. Soldiers step-up, firing away at FREEDOM ground forces.
After free-falling for a while, with ShadowCat on his back, Iceman creates a slide and heads towards the soldiers.
ShadowCat phases, grabs her weapons, and fires away as she lands on the ground. They are using the armored vehicles as cover.
The sky grows dark, lighting flashes, and begins to strike enemy aircraft with lighting as Storm flies overhead.
Juggernaut is on the run, his sight slowly recovering, he's charging through whatever is in front of him.
Clear out! Clear out!
Everybody moves back as they fire more intense light cartridges, he knocks some away, but holds one arm over his eyes.
A B2 Bomber flies over dropping a bomb right next to Juggernaut. It digs into the ground and explodes leaving a deep hole. Juggernaut in not harmed, but he falls as the hole expands.
The ground rocks and more FREEDOM aircraft show up, deploying specially armored vehicles.
It's tough for our weapons to penetrate that armor, sir!
(on his com)
Everybody get to the base! Get to the base!
More FREEDOM planes fly over, firing down on the ground forces. Archangel dives towards them, gashing the aircrafts with his wings and avoiding return fire.
The soldiers steadily move back as vehicles are deploying from the carrier planes. The FREEDOM vehicles are closing in…Storm stops in mid-air, lifts her arms and the wind begins to pick up. It blows so strongly towards the FREEDOM ground forces, some of the vehicles flip up off the ground.
But she's fired upon and struck by FREEDOM aircraft from long range. Archangel catches her as she falls out of the sky. Storm's attack stalled FREEDOM enough for them to jump in their armored vehicles and speed towards the base.
As they made their way across the region, aircraft from both sides streaked across the sky, engaged in a dogfight. Energy blasts and missiles exchanged. The F/22s did their best to keep the FREEDOM aircraft from destroying the ground troops as they went across the desert plain.
Nearing the base, large cannons come alive, a loud alarm is heard, the troops on the ground at Area 51 prepare to fire. Once the FREEDOM aircraft are in range, the Area 51 cannons fire.
The soldiers make it. They drive through the guarded perimeter and the Area 51 ground troops began firing on the FREEDOM ground forces.
QuickSilver and Scarlet Witch are already with a group of soldiers on the perimeter.
From behind the FREEDOM ground forces another transport aircraft flies low above the ground. The bay door opens, Colossus and Nightcrawler leap out and head for the enemy.
At Area 51, a hanger bay door opens. Rogue takes off through the sky heading towards enemy aircraft. Gambit is apart of the reinforcement convoy below, sitting in the rear of the armored vehicle adding smaller weapons to his unique armor.
It is all out war. The first large scale battle on U.S. soil in World War III. It would be the last. We see high above the battlefield. It's a strange sight.
Storm has built smaller groups of clouds above part of Area 51's base…lightning keeping FREEDOM aircraft cautious of the area.
Cyclops and Jean Grey stand near her. Cyclops uses his optic blast to protect his wife and back-up Storm.
Jean Grey is using a force field to block long range enemy fire. The rest of the X-Men have fallen into teams of two.
Psylocke is at an elevated position on the base, keeping an eye on Archangel as he streaks through the sky. She throws psychic knives and fires her own powerful weapon damaging enemy aircraft.
Iceman and ShadowCat are bold enough to pick off ground vehicles. Iceman freezes the armor plating, ShadowCat blasts it with her weapons, phasing when necessary to avoid enemy fire.
Gambit has his eye on Rogue as she barrels through ground forces. He fires his own weapons, making as much damage as possible.
QuickSilver is at the other end of the field with his sister, Scarlet Witch. The FREEDOM soldiers try to get a beat on him as he speeds through their forces.
Scarlet's hands light up, the FREEDOM armored vehicles in the immediate area begin to fall apart. QuickSilver fires weapons as soldiers exit the vehicles and fire at Scarlet.
Colossus and Nightcrawler are still picking their way through the enemy ground forces. Nightcrawler is teleporting inside the armored vehicles and fighting the drivers. Colossus is simply punching and kicking them with all his might as they fire energy pulses at him stunning and knocking him back.
An enemy ground transport drives up and Juggernaut emerges, breaking through the bay doors running straight for the perimeter of Area 51.
Shots rain down on him…it's the Blackbird. Upgraded armor, Professor Charles Xavier at the controls, Beast and Jubilee sitting in the seats beside him controlling firepower added on.
On the horizon, a glare of light can be seen…a sleek, white plane, flying low to the ground.
A door on the bottom of the plane descends and Wolverine sits on his motor-vehicle, still dressed in the black armor. He takes off, accelerating across the sand. Guns are drawn and he begins to fire at the FREEDOM ground forces.
Juggernaut plows through tanks and armored vehicles, as well as picking them up and throwing them across fields of sand.
Rogue flies straight into his stomach as he charges forward, knocking him back as far as she can.
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