THE SILVER SURFER
 
 
                          DOWN TO EARTH:  PART THREE
 
                         (Formerly:  "The Cosmic Way")
 
                                  (#2147-21)
 
 
 
                                  WRITTEN BY
 
 
                                  LARRY BRODY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                           FIRST DRAFT
                                                           MAY 29, 1998
 
                                    TEASER
 
              FADE IN:
 
              EXT. SPACE OVER THE PLANET EARTH - (BEGIN RECAP - ALL NEW
              ANIMATION OF SEQUENCES IN EPISODES 2147-19 AND 2147-20.)
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                        Behold the planet known as Earth!
                        Here, on this otherwise
                        insignificant world, a cosmic
                        drama continues to unfold...
 
              As THE WATCHER speaks, we SEE the SILVER SURFER and NOVA
              reach the planet.
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        The players taking their cues from
                        the Silver Surfer and his
                        companion Nova, who came to Earth
                        seeking rest...
 
              EXT. EARTH - HIGH IN THE SKY - NIGHT
 
              The FANTASTIC FOUR fly in to attack Nova and Surfer!
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                        But found only conflict.  First
                        were they attacked by the cosmic-
                        powered "Fantastic Four"...
 
              EXT. LOS ANGELES - MELROSE AVENUE - NIGHT
 
              While the Surfer and Nova are interviewed before a crowd by
              SIDNEY YOUNG, the police arrive and a riot begins!
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                        And then were they misunderstood
                        by the authorities as well...
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              The Surfer uses his power cosmic to create an ENERGY BUBBLE
              that separates the factions, and a HEALING BEAM to heal those
              who have fallen.
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                        Some on the planet saw the Silver
                        Surfer as a savior...
 
              The crowd -- and some police as well -- CALLS OUT its praise!
 
 
 
 
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              EXT. NEW YORK CITY - UNITED NATIONS BUILDING - DAY
 
              The Surfer addresses the crowd here, with Young nearby.
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                        A role he assumed wholeheartedly,
                        hoping he could be the leader to
                        rescue Earth from itself...
 
              Suddenly, the Enervator fires a BLACK BEAM, hitting the
              Surfer and knocking him off his board.
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        But when the Fantastic Four
                        refused to act against the Silver
                        Surfer this time, secret weaponry
                        was unleashed...
 
              EXT. MONUMENT VALLEY - DAY
 
              As TERRAX appears.
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                        And while the Silver Surfer lay
                        neutralized, Terrax, new herald of
                        dread Galactus, arrived, seeking
                        redress.
 
              NOVA AND THE FANTASTIC FOUR
 
              Fight Terrax, taking away his COSMIC AXE.
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                        A new alliance was formed to work
                        against him...
 
              EXT./INT. UPSTATE NEW YORK - HIGH TECH MILITARY COMPLEX -
              DAY
 
              Nova and the Fantastic Four battle the military to save the
              blackened, inert Silver Surfer from GENERAL CLAIRE and DR.
              ROSWELL.
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                        Aided by Nova and her allies, at
                        last did the Silver Surfer break
                        free...
 
              Re-energized, the Surfer FIRES A COSMIC BOLT that DESTROYS
              the Enervator!
 
 
 
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              EXT. EARTH'S SKY - DAY
 
              As the Surfer, with an ENERGY BUBBLE holding Nova and the
              Fantastic Four behind him, pulls up short on his board as one
              of Galactus' CABLES OF DESTRUCTION plunges down at the Earth.
 
                                  THE WATCHER (V.O.)
                        Only to discover that Galactus had
                        responded to Terrax' summons!
 
              EXT. SPACE OVER THE PLANET EARTH
 
              Where Galactus' huge ship casts its shadow over the planet,
              sending out cable after cable.  Above it, the face of the
              Watcher RIPPLES INTO BEING.
 
                                  THE WATCHER
                        I am the Watcher, observer of all
                        events of significance in this
                        sector of the universe --
                               (beat)
                        And the imminent destruction of an
                        entire planet of intelligent life
                        is significant indeed!
 
              The Watcher VANISHES, and we END RECAP and
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. THE SKY OVER UPSTATE NEW YORK - DAY
 
              The Surfer swings around Galactus' cable, turning on his
              board to see Nova and the Fantastic Four, who are still in
              the protective bubble.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Galactus here?  He gave me his
                        solemn vow never to return to this
                        world!
 
                                  NOVA
                        You know how it is when you get
                        those darn munchies, Silverado...
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE - FEATURING THE ENERGY BUBBLE
 
              Within the BUBBLE, Nova and the others are recovering more
              fully.  Nova's in the best shape, and, one by one, Reed, Sue,
              Ben, and Johnny get to their feet.
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  NOVA
                        There were bound to be problems
                        with Terrax as the Big Guy's
                        maitre d'.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Still is Terrax Galactus herald?
 
                                  JOHNNY
                        He stopped by while you were in
                        storage.
 
                                  BEN
                        We swiped that axe-thingy of his
                        and the big blowhard ran off
                        cryin' --
 
              WIDER
 
              Ben breaks off as the nearby cable SIZZLES AND CRACKLES, the
              Surfer immediately FIRING another cosmic bolt at it.  We
              WIDEN as the cable FLARES UP, EXPLODING, and the Surfer and
              the others rock backward in the sky.
 
                                  SUE
                        That's why we came to get you!
 
                                  REED
                        You're the only one who can
                        challenge Galactus!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        To challenge the Devourer is one
                        thing, to prevail quite another.
 
              The Surfer sounds doubtful, and as he speaks he looks around,
              sees:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER'S POV - THE EARTH BELOW
 
              Pierced by several other cables.  They too start to CRACKLE,
              and beneath them the planet shakes.
 
                                  NOVA (O.S.)
                        Surfer...you gotta do something!
 
              BACK TO THE SILVER SURFER
 
              What he's seen and heard are a call to arms.
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Never have I refused a challenge.
                        Even in my weakened condition must
                        I set things right!
 
              TWIN COSMIC BEAMS come from the Surfer's eyes, and we ANGLE
              WITH them as they strike the ENERGY BUBBLE, TRANSFORMING it
              so that Nova and Johnny fly outside it, an ENERGY LINE
              connecting Nova to the encapsulated Reed, Sue, and Ben.
 
              WIDER
 
              The Surfer flies UP INTO CAMERA, heading toward space, while
              Nova tows the others Earthward.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                               (calling back)
                        Do what you can to save your
                        planet!  I must confront the
                        source of the problem!
 
                                  BEN
                        Good luck, chromedome.  You're
                        gonna need it!
 
              But the Surfer can't hear.  He's already gone as we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SPACE OVER THE PLANET EARTH - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Soars toward Galactus' ship as, at the top of his voice:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        GALACTUS -- !
 
                                  TERRAX (O.S.)
                        Will I do?
 
              And, suddenly, TERRAX PLUNGES INTO FRAME, knocking the Surfer
              off his board and holding him in a bearhug, the GLOW OF THE
              POWER COSMIC coursing through Terrax' arms and hands.
 
              We TIGHTEN ON the face of the Surfer as he struggles, getting
              nowhere, while we
 
                                                       FADE OUT
 
 
                                 END OF TEASER
 
 
 
 
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                                    ACT ONE
 
              FADE IN:
 
              EXT. SPACE OVER THE PLANET EARTH - THE SILVER SURFER'S
              BOARD
 
              Riderless, it spirals closer and closer to the sun as:
 
                                  TERRAX (O.S.)
                        Speak to me, Surfer -- so I can
                        shout your last words to the stars!
 
              THE SILVER SURFER AND TERRAX
 
              Locked together as though doing a deadly dance in space,
              Terrax' GLOW BRIGHTENING as he holds the Surfer more tightly.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Words such as those, Terrax, are
                        nowhere at hand --
 
              And, raising his hand, the Surfer FIRES a cosmic bolt at
              Terrax, breaking the other man's grip and sending him reeling
              back through space -- while the Surfer also goes flying back,
              head over heels in total freefall.
 
              TERRAX
 
              Recovering to stand confidently in space, he sees the
              Surfer's plight.
 
                                  TERRAX
                        Look at you!  Even without my axe
                        I'm more than your match.
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Flailing, he calls out:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        To me, my board!
 
              THE SILVER SURFER'S BOARD
 
              Very near to the sun now, CURLING WISPS OF ENERGY moving into
              it from Earth's nearest star.  With a final, spiraling
              movement, the board changes direction, doing a full 180-
              degree sweep around.
 
 
 
 
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              THE SILVER SURFER AND TERRAX
 
              The Surfer's fall is stopped -- not by the board but by
              Terrax, who flies forward, grabbing both of the Surfer's
              wrists and holding them firmly.
 
                                  TERRAX
                        You pile insult upon indignity,
                        Surfer.  First you want Galactus,
                        then your board...but never do you
                        ask for Terrax!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        You brought Galactus here, Terrax.
                        You are to blame for the
                        destruction which threatens those
                        below!
 
              CLOSE ON THE SILVER SURFER'S HANDS
 
              Straining, he tries to bring the up to fire another bolt.
              Both hands start to GLOW -- but Terrax pushes them back, so
              the Surfer's fists are aimed at himself.
 
              THE SILVER SURFER AND TERRAX
 
              Terrax LAUGHS.
 
                                  TERRAX
                        You know what I don't understand,
                        Surfer?  Why everyone can't be
                        practical, like me --
 
              CLOSE ON THE SILVER SURFER'S HANDS
 
              Again he strains, and this time he pulls from Terrax' grasp,
              tries to FIRE...but all he gets is a SPUTTER, the GLOW of the
              power cosmic dimming.
 
              THE SILVER SURFER AND TERRAX
 
              The Surfer realizes what's happened.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        No!  Still am I weak from the
                        effects of the Earthlings' weapon!
 
              Terrax' LAUGHTER GROWS LOUDER.  He backhands the Surfer out
              to space.
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  TERRAX
                        A practical man would see that he
                        was overmatched, Surfer.  A
                        practical man would stop
                        struggling!
 
              Terrax' fists GLOW.  He points them at the Surfer and FIRES
              his own cosmic bolt!
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Flailing once more.  But, just before Terrax' BOLT hits, the
              Surfer's board reaches him, coming up under the Surfer's
              feet!  Quickly, the Surfer arcs away, Terrax' BOLT just
              missing him.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              As the Surfer sweeps forward, we SEE the board beneath him
              start to GLOW, the GLOW MOVING UPWARD, until it suffuses the
              Surfer himself!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Can this be?  On its journey
                        toward the sun, my board absorbed
                        all the power cosmic I need -- and
                        now does it give that energy to me!
 
              WIDER
 
              As the Surfer banks back toward Terrax.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Terrax!  Now must you learn that
                        "practical" or not -- nothing will
                        prevent me from doing all I can to
                        save lives!
 
              The Surfer FIRES a long, sustained bolt directly at:
 
              TERRAX
 
              Hit full force.  GROANING, he plummets toward Earth.
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Has no time to even spare a second look.  He soars toward
              Galactus' ship, where more cables are descending.  We TIGHTEN
              ON the cables and
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
 
 
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              EXT. PLANET EARTH - LONDON - DAY - PARLIAMENT BUILDING
 
              Where one of Galactus' cables pierces the great structure,
              causing BIG BEN to fall to the ground.  Representatives
              streak from the building as:
 
                                  YOUNG (O.S.)
                        Around the world, huge cables have
                        come down from space and attached
                        themselves to the Earth...
 
              EXT. PLANET EARTH - EGYPT - DAY - THE GREAT PYRAMID
 
              Split in two by a cable.  Tourists run for cover as it starts
              to SIZZLE AND CRACKLE.
 
                                  YOUNG (O.S.)
                        The being known as Galactus, whose
                        huge ship sits above us in space
                        right now...
 
              EXT. GREECE - DAY - THE PARTHENON
 
              A cable embedded into the ground at the base of the famous
              structure CRACKLES, and the ground starts to heave, while a
              SCREAMING CROWD races away.
 
                                  YOUNG (O.S.)
                        Has returned to seemingly suck the
                        very "life force" energy out of
                        our planet...
 
              EXT. NEW YORK CITY - BATTERY PARK - DAY
 
              Sidney Young stands with his microphone so that behind him we
              can SEE the Statue of Liberty.  Before him is the ace
              cameraman we've seen before, BOB.
 
                                  YOUNG
                        Once again, our governments are
                        unable to stop the devastation --
 
              He breaks off, turning to look as, still in b.g., another
              cable CRASHES down on Lady Liberty, SHATTERING it!  Bob opens
              his mouth to speak, but Young shakes his hand quickly,
              shushing him, and looks directly into Bob's camera.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  YOUNG
                               (continuing)
                        Even this reporter's close
                        personal relationship with extra-
                        terrestrials could not get me an
                        interview with Galactus...
 
              INT. THE BAXTER BUILDING - FANTASTIC FOUR HQ - DAY -
              TELEVISION SET
 
              Where we SEE the end of Young's report:
 
                                  YOUNG (VO)
                        This is Sidney Young, live from
                        New York, possibly saying "Vaya
                        con Dios" to all life on this
                        planet.
 
              We WIDEN TO SEE Nova, Ben, and Johnny as Johnny uses a remote
              to turn off the TV.
 
                                  JOHNNY
                               (angrily)
                        "Vaya con Dios" yourself!
 
                                  BEN
                        Nobody's gonna suck the life outta
                        this town!
 
                                  REED (O.S.)
                        That's the spirit, Ben...
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              As Reed and Sue stride into the room from Reed's lab.  Reed
              holds one of his amazing ELECTRONIC CONTRAPTIONS.
 
                                  SUE
                        Unfortunately, we need more than
                        just spirit.  Our work's cut out
                        for us.
 
              Reed presses some buttons on his gizmo, and a HOLOGRAPHIC
              GLOBE OF THE EARTH appears in the center of the room.
 
                                  BEN
                        That's what ya been doin' in the
                        lab?  Workin' on a geography
                        project?
 
 
 
 
 
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              CLOSE ON THE GLOBE
 
              Several hot spots are displayed with glowing RED CIRCLES.
 
                                  REED (O.S.)
                        Hardly.  These are the areas where
                        Galactus' cables of destruction
                        are causing the greatest damage...
 
              WIDER
 
              Reed presses more buttons, and print-outs emerge from his
              machine.  He hands one to each person in the room.
 
                                  REED
                        I've assigned each of you to a
                        trouble spot.  I'll stay in the
                        lab, working out scenarios for
                        defeating Galactus if the Silver
                        Surfer fails.
 
                                  NOVA
                        The Surfer won't fail!
 
                                  SUE
                        More than anything, I hope you're
                        right.
 
              Sue and Ben head for the door.  Johnny turns to Nova, speaks
              awkwardly:
 
                                  JOHNNY
                        Nova -- whatever happens...I want
                        you to know it's great meeting
                        someone even hotter than me!
 
              FLAMING ON, Johnny flies out the open glass door to the
              balcony.  We HOLD ON Nova as what Johnny has said sinks in.
              Then she too flies out as:
 
              EXT. THE BAXTER BUILDING - ROOFTOP - DAY - AERIAL VIEW
 
              SEEING Nova and Johnny streak off in opposite directions,
              while Ben and Sue take off in the Fantasticar, each going a
              different way in their individual pods.
 
              Beyond them, the CRACKLING of the cables INCREASES, and the
              building -- all of Manhattan -- starts to shake as we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
 
 
 
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              EXT. GALACTUS' SHIP - CONTROL CENTER - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Soaring into the control center, past the myriad viewscreens,
              all featuring IMAGES of the crisis on Earth.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Galactus!  How can you do this?
                        Have you forgotten our agreement?
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE - FEATURING GALACTUS
 
              Or as much of Galactus as we can SEE, since he remains too
              large to ever be SHOWN ON CAMERA in his entirety.  The
              Devourer of Worlds sits in his command chair, and we START TO
              TIGHTEN ON him as, sounding almost amused:
 
                                  GALACTUS
                        I know our agreements, Silver
                        Surfer.
                               (laughing)
                        All of them.
 
              THE SILVER SURFER - INTERCUTTING WITH THE ABOVE AS NEEDED
              (AND CONTINUING TO TIGHTEN ON GALACTUS THROUGHOUT)
 
              The Surfer flies at Galactus' face to make his point, then
              flies back, continuing in this way, in a not-quite-attack.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        You agreed to leave Earth
                        untouched -- forevermore!
 
                                  GALACTUS
                        And you agreed to serve me --
                        "forevermore."
                               (beat)
                        I am a being of my word, Silver
                        Surfer.  And you are a being of
                        demands and bargains and changes
                        to suit your fickle moods!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I am a man of justice!
 
                                  GALACTUS
                        Was it just for you to abandon me?
                        To leave me with only callow Nova
                        as a guide?
                               (beat)
                        To put me in a position where I
                        needed to accept one such as
                        Terrax in your place?
 
 
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              The Surfer is amazed.  He moves in closer than he has gone
              before.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        That is what this is all about?
                        You would sacrifice the lives of
                        millions of sentient beings for
                        the sake of our old wounds?
 
              We have TIGHTENED TO Galactus' pupil-less eyes.  At the
              Surfer's words, their ENERGY RAGES.
 
                                  GALACTUS
                        You dare speak such insolence to
                        one such as I?  SILENCE!
 
              Galactus' voice is like thunder, and the ENERGY in his eyes
              literally ZAPS OUT at the Surfer, sending him sprawling as we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. PLANET EARTH - TOKYO STREET - DAY - MATCHING SHOT OF
              A BILLBOARD
 
              Featuring a familiar-looking (but legally cleared) movie
              monster.  As the billboard goes CRASHING to the ground, we
              WIDEN TO SEE that the entire city is shaking in a massive
              EARTHQUAKE, with a SCREAMING HORDE fleeing toward CAMERA
              (just as in this same monster's last film).
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              A GIANT FISSURE, several feet wide, splits the street in two,
              zigging and zagging and moving along.  From O.S., amid the
              DIN, we HEAR:
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                        Whoa!  Talk about deja vu...!
 
              We WIDEN TO SEE Nova flying overhead.  She dives down toward
              the scene.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Didn't I once see Mothra come out
                        of a hole like this?
 
              She dives down to:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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              INT. THE FISSURE - TRACKING WITH NOVA
 
              Flying through it, her FLAMING body melting the layers of
              earth back together!
 
              EXT. TOKYO STREET - DAY
 
              As Nova streaks back upward, the last of the fissure flowing
              shut behind her.  Then, up the way, another fissure opens.
 
                                  NOVA (V.O.)
                        Uh-oh, must be time for Ghidra
                        now...!
 
              And, as she flies to the next fissure, to do the same thing:
 
              EXT. SOUTH SEA ISLAND - DAY - A VOLCANO
 
              ERUPTING for all its worth.  We TILT DOWN TO FIND islanders
              fleeing the island, one of many in a chain, in boats of all
              sorts.  Several of the men point up to the sky, where
              FIREBALLS shoot downward, as though out of nowhere.  We
              TIGHTEN TO:
 
              THE HUMAN TORCH
 
              Shooting the FIREBALLS as:
 
                                  JOHNNY (V.O.)
                        What's that old saying about
                        fighting fire with fire?
 
              THE VOLCANO
 
              Where Johnny's FIREBALLS find their mark, sealing the top of
              the volcano to stop the eruption.  He flies closer to get a
              good look.
 
                                  JOHNNY (V.O.)
                               (proudly)
                        When you're hot, you are -- hot!
 
              We hear a RUMBLE.  The top of a mountain on another island in
              the chain SMOKES and then BURSTS, lava pouring out.
 
                                  JOHNNY (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Here we go again.
 
              He flies toward the next catastrophe as we
 
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              EXT. GALACTUS' SHIP - CONTROL CENTER - MATCHING SHOT OF
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Flying from the bulkhead, refusing to back down.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Galactus!  I am the reason for all
                        this, am I not...?
 
              GALACTUS' EYES - INTERCUTTING WITH THE ABOVE (AND VARIOUS
              PARTS OF GALACTUS) AS NEEDED
 
              The ENERGY flares directly before the Silver Surfer.  He
              remains unflinching.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Terrax brought you to this place,
                        but it is not only your Great
                        Hunger that makes you feed!  It is
                        revenge upon me!
 
              Galactus' finger poises itself over a button on the command
              chair, then pulls away.
 
                                  GALACTUS
                        Do you remember how it was, when
                        we quested the universe together?
                        When I was as the father and you
                        were so like a son...?
 
              Galactus trails off.  The Surfer stares.  Then, in spite of
              himself:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Galactus -- Mighty One -- is this
                        what you wish?  That I serve you
                        once more?
 
              And, as Galactus considers the question we TIGHTEN ON his
              mouth, turning down in a thoughtful frown and
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. PLANET EARTH - MOSCOW STREET - DAY - MATCHING SHOT
              OF ANOTHER MOUTH
 
              WIDENING TO SEE that it's that of a Russian soldier, running
              for his life.  He's one of an entire company of soldiers
              trying desperately to escape as the main tower of the Kremlin
              gives way and the whole building starts to fall -- right on
              the bright new MACDONALD'S (or cleared and suitable
              substitute) built in its shadow.
 
 
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                                  BEN (V.O.)
                        Talk about yer Mac Attack...!
 
              THE THING
 
              Comes out of his landed Fantasticar pod.  Nearby is one of
              Galactus' CRACKLING cables.
 
                                  BEN (V.O.)
                        If that thing falls, I'm gonna
                        miss out on lunch!
 
              Passing soldiers literally bounce off him as Ben reaches the
              tower wall, laying his shoulder into it and pushing,
              straining and GROANING.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              Slowly, the tower straightens, and everything stays in one
              piece.  Around Ben, the soldiers stop, and start CHEERING AND
              CLAPPING.  Swamped by admirers, Ben turns around with a smile.
 
                                  BEN
                        Okay, okay.  But don't you start
                        kissin' me.  I'm allergic to fur
                        hats --
 
              He breaks off as, up the street, another wall starts to
              crumble.  Ben lumbers toward it as:
 
              EXT. NEW DELHI MARKETPLACE - DAY
 
              One of Galactus' cables SIZZLES in the middle of the Ganges
              River, and we ANGLE FROM IT TO a widening sink hole
              threatening to swallow up people, buildings, cows...
 
                                  SUE (V.O.)
                        Once I would've said that nothing
                        could stop nature from taking its
                        course...
 
              INT. SUE'S FANTASTICAR POD - DAY
 
              She circles the area, then hovers as:
 
                                  SUE (V.O.)
                        But that was before I learned the
                        secret of making these little
                        things...
 
              Sue concentrates, and:
 
 
 
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              EXT. NEW DELHI MARKETPLACE - DAY
 
              A FORCE FIELD created by Sue moves out from the open canopy
 
              INT. SUE'S FANTASTICAR POD - DAY
 
              As Sue looks out, relieved.  Then her expression tightens.
              She hits a control.
 
              EXT. NEW DELHI MARKETPLACE - DAY
 
              As the Fantasticar streaks to another part of the city --
              where another sink hole is BUBBLING UP.
 
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              EXT. GALACTUS' SHIP - CONTROL CENTER - MATCHING SHOT OF
              THE SINK HOLE
 
              WIDENING TO SEE that it's on one of Galactus' huge
              viewscreens.  Before the viewscreen circles the Surfer on his
              board, watching Galactus intently.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I will serve you, Galactus, if you
                        will spare this world.
 
              GALACTUS' MOUTH
 
              He hesitates, torn.  Then:
 
                                  GALACTUS
                        No!  I cannot believe you!  I do
                        not trust you!  NO!!!
 
              EXT. SPACE OVER THE PLANET EARTH - GALACTUS' SHIP - WIDE
              ANGLE
 
              Accompanied by Galactus' ROAR OF BOTH RAGE AND PAIN, A COSMIC
              BOLT of a magnitude we can only guess at BLASTS the Surfer
              from the control center, he and his board impacting the moon
              like a METEOR STRIKE, vanishing deep into its surface as we
 
                                                       FADE OUT
 
 
                                END OF ACT ONE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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                                    ACT TWO
 
              FADE IN:
 
              EXT. EARTH'S MOON - AN AREA OF "FRESH" DUST
 
              It's the place where the Silver Surfer and his board hit the
              surface, and we TIGHTEN TO SEE loosened dirt and rock still
              slowly flowing into the hole.
 
              Abruptly, the ground begins to SHAKE, and the dirt spews
              outward, first just a little, then more and more, as we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. NEW YORK CITY - THE BAXTER BUILDING - DAY
 
              It too is shaking, along with the rest of the city, a big
              chunk of masonry breaking off a corner of the building and
              plunging down to the street below.
 
                                  REED (O.S.)
                        General Claire!  I knew I'd hear
                        from you...
 
              INT. THE BAXTER BUILDING - FANTASTIC FOUR HQ - LAB - DAY
 
              Reed has a million things going at once, with various devices
              and computers WHIRRING and analyzing and DISPLAYING IMAGES
              and data on Galactus.  Reed moves from gadget to gizmo as,
              from over the cell phone he holds:
 
                                  GENERAL CLAIRE
                        If it were up to me, the whole
                        Fantastic Four would be chained to
                        a wall somewhere waiting to be
                        tried for treason.
 
                                  REED
                        General, the Silver Surfer may be
                        the only hope this world has for
                        survival.
 
              And, as he says it, we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. EARTH'S MOON - THE AREA OF "FRESH" DUST
 
              The dirt and rock are spewing upward now, like a geyser, as,
              from O.S.:
 
 
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                                  GENERAL CLAIRE (O.S.)
                        I stand by my actions regarding
                        the Surfer, Richards...
 
              More dirt and rock -- and then, almost exploding out of the
              hole:  The Silver Surfer, on his board!  Face set, he soars
              upward.  We HOLD ON the deep new crater he leaves behind and
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              INT. HI-TECH MILITARY COMPLEX - LABORATORY - DAY
 
              Bustling with activity, by both the military and lab-coated
              scientists, including Dr. Roswell.  General Claire shouts
              into a phone:
 
                                  GENERAL CLAIRE
                        But I also follow orders -- and
                        the Joint Chiefs have ordered me
                        to work with you...
 
              From O.S. comes a RUMBLING NOISE, and General Claire's lab
              reels, the lights going out.
 
                                  REED (O.S.)
                               (filtered)
                        General, are you all right?
 
              From the darkness comes a desperate voice:
 
                                  GENERAL CLAIRE
                        You've got to find a way to beat
                        Galactus, Richards...
 
              INT. THE BAXTER BUILDING - FANTASTIC FOUR HQ - THE LAB -
              DAY
 
              Reed listens as:
 
                                  GENERAL CLAIRE (O.S.)
                               (filtered)
                        You've got to!
 
              The phone goes dead.  Suddenly:
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              WHAM!  The far wall of the lab is literally PUNCHED OPEN, and
              Terrax steps inside.  His gaze goes around the room.
 
                                  REED
                        Terrax!
 
 
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                                  TERRAX
                        My axe!  Its energy trail led me
                        here.  Where is it?
 
              Reed's only reply is to STRETCH up and over Terrax, trying to
              pin the alien in by wrapping around him.  But although
              Terrax' arms can't move, his head can.  From his eyes, a BEAM
              of the power cosmic comes at:
 
              REED
 
              As the BEAM forms an ENERGY BUBBLE around his head.  Reed
              gasps for breath, and retracts to his normal size, off and
              away from Terrax.  Urgently, he tries to pull the ENERGY
              BUBBLE off him, and can't.
 
              WIDER
 
              Terrax gestures as though pulling, and the BUBBLE enlarges,
              a small area opening before Reed's nose and mouth so he can
              suck in some air.
 
                                  TERRAX
                        Tell me where the axe is, or this
                        last short day of your life will
                        be even shorter!
 
              And he gestures again, pushing this time.
 
              REED
 
              The openings in the BUBBLE start to close.  Reed's arm
              stretches, gropes around the lab for something to use as a
              weapon.  But, before he can grab at anything:
 
              CLOSE ON ANOTHER BEAM OF THE POWER COSMIC
 
              BLASTING the ENERGY BUBBLE INTO NOTHINGNESS and freeing Reed,
              who staggers and falls.  We WIDEN as Terrax whirls to see:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Soaring in through the hole created by Terrax.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Have you not brought enough terror
                        to this world, herald?
 
              On the floor, Reed pulls himself to his knees.
 
                                  REED
                        Don't let him near the vault!
 
 
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              NEW ANGLE
 
              Reed glances toward a big door like that of a bank vault,
              controlled by a large, locking wheel, and Terrax follows his
              gaze.
 
                                  TERRAX
                        Idiot!
 
              Terrax flies toward the vault, and the Surfer raises his
              hands, which begin GLOWING with the power cosmic.  Then he
              stops, and looks down at:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER'S POV - HIS BOARD
 
              Reed has surreptitiously stretched out one arm, reaching over
              and wrapping his hand around the Surfer's ankle.
 
              BACK TO THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Surprised, he looks over at:
 
              THE SILVER SURFER'S POV - REED
 
              Shakes his head and stretches his leg out toward Terrax.  We
              ANGLE TO SEE that Galactus' herald is spinning the wheel and
              opening the vault door.
 
              BACK TO THE SILVER SURFER
 
              As Terrax opens the vault door, turns back toward the others
              with a smile.
 
                                  TERRAX
                        Yes --
 
                                  REED
                               (as though finishing
                                the sentence)
                        Indeed...
 
              Reed nods at the Surfer, who now FIRES a cosmic bolt, the two
              men timing it so that Reed kicks at Terrax with his stretched-
              out leg just at the same time!
 
              TERRAX
 
              CRIES OUT WORDLESSLY as this double whammy propels him
              backward smack through the open doorway to:
 
 
 
 
 
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              INT. THE NEGATIVE ZONE
 
              A harsh, chaotic spacescape like nothing anywhere else.
              EERILY COLORED chunks of planets and rock hurtle and collide
              within a gravity-less field, all of them streaming toward a
              point in the center -- and away from the vault door.
 
              We TIGHTEN ON Terrax, regaining his feet on a chunk of
              whirling planet.
 
                                  TERRAX
                        Where's the axe?  What trick is
                        this?
 
              INT. THE BAXTER BUILDING - FANTASTIC FOUR HQ - LAB - DAY
 
              Where the Surfer soars to the door while Reed stretches the
              other leg and reaches it with one gigantic stride.  Together,
              the Surfer and Reed start to slam the door shut --
 
                                  REED
                        This should keep you awhile.
 
              INT. THE NEGATIVE ZONE
 
              Terrax flies at the vault door, but as soon as it shuts all
              traces of its existence are gone!  Terrax passes right
              through the space where the door was -- but he remains here,
              in the weird spacescape.
 
                                  TERRAX
                        Let me out!
 
              Again Terrax lunges, but he's caught in the stream, is sent
              speeding helplessly toward the center of this nothingness,
              while:
 
              INT. THE BAXTER BUILDING - FANTASTIC FOUR HQ - LAB - DAY
 
              The Surfer holds the door shut as Reed spins the wheel,
              locking the door.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        What is that place?
 
                                  REED
                        I call it the Negative Zone.  I
                        found it while experimenting with
                        matter transmission.  As for what
                        the Zone is, I honestly can't say.
 
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I can understand why you have not
                        pursued the matter.  And the axe?
 
              Reed punches a button, and we ANGLE TO one of the testing
              devices in the lab.  The COSMIC AXE slides out of it, hooked
              up to wires, electrodes, the works.
 
                                  REED (O.S.)
                        I was using it to help me analyze
                        the cosmic wave structure of
                        Galactus' energy sources.
 
              THE SILVER SURFER AND REED
 
              The Surfer floats on his to the COSMIC AXE, to look at it
              more closely.  Around them, the building rocks, and the floor
              shifts, settling at a 45-degree angle.  Everything that isn't
              bolted down goes CRASHING against the lower wall.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I fear such knowledge will be as
                        useless as my own attempts to stop
                        my former master.
 
                                  REED
                        Doesn't he have any weakness at
                        all?
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        No physical force in the universe
                        can stand against him.
 
                                  REED
                        What about a force of the mind?
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        No.  Not reason.  Not even
                        emotion.  I have tried --
 
              REVERSE ANGLE
 
              Again, the building rocks, the floor shifting once more --
              but at a 45-degree angle the other way.  One of Reed's larger
              pieces of apparatus pulls from the wall, and he ducks
              downward, flattening himself out to get out of its way and
              then re-forming.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Just as you bend and stretch your
                        body, so must I stretch my
                        thoughts...
                               (beat)
                        There is a force of the mind which
                        I have not tried!
 
              EXT. THE BAXTER BUILDING - DAY
 
              As, with no further ado, the Surfer soars from the broken
              lab.  Reed looks out after him.
 
                                  REED
                        Wait!  Where are you going?
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. SPACE OVER THE PLANET EARTH - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Sweeping into the blackness.  He looks back at Earth, which
              is GROWING DARKER as BANDS OF STATIC ELECTRICITY stretch over
              it, from cable to cable.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        The Earth has been primed.  Now
                        the true feeding of Galactus
                        begins...
 
              GALACTUS' SHIP
 
              We can SEE THE ENERGY FLOWING UP TO it through the CABLES as
              the Surfer soars past.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        For this world to be saved, I need
                        the expertise of Reed Richards,
                        and the craftsmanship of one
                        other --
                               (beat)
                        But he is so far away!
 
              CLOSER ON THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Going faster and faster, about to FORESHORTEN INTO WARP.  He
              slams to a halt.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        My efforts will be useless.  Never
                        can I return in time.  Unless --
 
              He looks all around him, calls out as LOUDLY AS HE CAN:
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Eternity!  Infinity!  I need you!
 
              Nothing happens.  Gathering himself, the Surfer tries again:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                               (continuing)
                        Eternity!  Infinity!  It is not
                        for myself that I call, but for
                        the sake of the innocents great
                        Galactus has condemned!
 
              WIDER
 
              Around the Surfer, two enormous shapes COALESCE:  The brother
              and sister, ETERNITY and INFINITY.
 
                                  INFINITY
                               (pointedly)
                        Who has condemned them?
 
                                  ETERNITY
                        When we made you our champion,
                        Silver Surfer, it was because of
                        your unselfishness and devotion to
                        the ways of Zenn-La.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        I remain true to the teachings of
                        Zenn-La!
 
                                  INFINITY
                        But not to its spirit.  You have
                        decided that you, and you alone,
                        can lead this planet -- this
                        universe -- to peace and harmony.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        It is my universe!  I created it!
                        Mine is the responsibility -- to
                        set things right!
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              Eternity and Infinity exchange knowing gazes...and start to
              FADE AWAY.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Wait!  Stop!  I need you to speed
                        me to that which I seek!
 
              The two great beings COALESCE once more.
 
 
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                                  ETERNITY
                        "Need" us?  In "your" universe...?
 
              Sadly, Eternity shakes his head.
 
                                  ETERNITY
                               (continuing)
                        When you aided in the re-creation
                        of the cosmos, Silver Surfer, you
                        gave all beings the chance for
                        life.
 
                                  INFINITY
                        The life of their own choosing.
                        Not one imposed by yourself.
 
              CLOSER ON THE SILVER SURFER
 
              He reels, almost falling, on his board.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        That -- is the basic lesson of
                        Zenn-La.  That all things come
                        from within each being.  All
                        goodness...all change...
 
              The Surfer trails off.  His eyes fill with tears.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                               (continuing)
                        In my anger and frustration, I
                        sought to impose those
                        qualities -- and every time I did
                        so, I failed.
                               (beat)
                        Every time, have I caused only
                        more misery and despair...
 
              WIDER
 
              The Surfer turns away from Eternity and Infinity, flying
              slowly.  The two forces look down at him, and Infinity nods.
 
                                  INFINITY
                        Silver Surfer!  Where do you go?
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Does it matter?  I am defeated at
                        last...
 
 
 
 
 
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                                  ETERNITY
                        It is not your defeat we seek, but
                        rather your victory -- over
                        yourself.
 
                                  INFINITY
                        Now come, quickly!  Only through
                        us can you save the Earth!
 
                                  ETERNITY
                        Only through us can you instantly
                        travel through space and time!
 
              And, as they speak, Infinity reaches out, taking the Surfer
              in her hand.  He vanishes into the great star field as we
 
                                                       DISSOLVE TO:
 
              EXT. PLANET EARTH - NEW YORK HARBOR - DAY
 
              PANNING ACROSS a BLACKENED SKY CRACKLING WITH ENERGY from the
              NETWORK of cables spanning the sea.  TILTING DOWN, we FIND:
 
              A TSUNAMI
 
              The tidal wave of every Earthly surfer's dream -- and
              everyone else's nightmare -- rolls toward the city, building
              as it travels!  There is no doubt whatsoever that it will
              wipe New York clean.
 
              THE SKY
 
              As a silver speck appears, growing larger as it comes NEARER
              TO CAMERA.  It's the Silver Surfer, soaring down and into the
              tube of the giant wave!
 
              THE SILVER SURFER
 
              From his eyes comes his TRANSMUTATION BEAM, SWEEPING across
              the wave as, like an Earthly surfer, he shoots the tube.
              Around him, the wave RIPPLES AND BLURS, TRANSFORMING INTO:
 
              A SOLID WALL
 
              Like a blue-green dam, keeping the ocean at bay.  The Surfer
              soars upward from it, turning his gaze skyward, and now we
              SEE what we couldn't before:  An ENERGY BUBBLE, gently
              descending.
 
              Within the BUBBLE is a shadowy shape we can't make out.  With
              the ENERGY BUBBLE following, the Surfer heads toward:
 
 
 
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              INT. THE BAXTER BUILDING - FANTASTIC FOUR HQ - LAB - DAY
 
              Reed looks up as the Surfer sweeps in, followed by the ENERGY
              BUBBLE.
 
                                  REED
                        Silver Surfer!
 
              Reed's eyes open wide as he sees:
 
              THE ENERGY BUBBLE
 
              Containing a familiar object:  The DREAM WEAVER of Beta Ray
              Bill and his people.  (NOTE:  This was seen in #1875-09.)
 
              The BUBBLE DISSOLVES, and we WIDEN TO INCLUDE the Surfer and
              Reed, who hurries forward to examine the Dream Weaver as:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        This is the Dream Weaver.  It was
                        used on a planet called Harmony,
                        to project a dream that entranced
                        the entire world.
 
                                  REED
                        The technology is stunning!  But
                        how will this help us against
                        Galactus?
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        The Devourer is like an elemental
                        force, driven to fulfill his
                        needs.  With the Dream Weaver --
 
                                  REED
                               (getting it)
                        We can finally satisfy him by
                        fulfilling his greatest dream, so
                        that he'll believe he no longer
                        needs Earth!
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        If you can determine how to
                        operate it.
 
              ANOTHER ANGLE
 
              Reed looks up from his inspection, indicates various dials on
              the Dream Weaver.
 
                                  REED
                        I believe I know what to do.
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Then all we need now is -- this.
 
              Hefting Terrax' COSMIC AXE, the Surfer places it within the
              machine.  Immediately, Reed begins performing various
              adjustments.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                               (continuing)
                        This weapon is composed entirely
                        of the power cosmic.  As such, it
                        is perfectly attuned to
                        Galactus -- and his mind.
 
                                  REED
                        And you, of course, will be the
                        power source.
 
              It's a deductive statement, not a question.  The building
              ROCKS from another quake, and the Surfer nods.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Let us begin...
 
              The Surfer FIRES A CONTINUOUS STREAM OF ENERGY into the Dream
              Weaver -- and its BEAM COMES TO LIFE, STREAMING UPWARD and
              OUTWARD.  ANGLING WITH the Dream Weaver's BEAM, we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. GALACTUS' SHIP - CONTROL CENTER - THE SIDE OF
              GALACTUS' FACE
 
              He smiles ever-so-slightly as he absorbs the energy of Earth.
              Then, suddenly, he jerks bolt upright as:
 
              GALACTUS' POV - THE CONTROL CENTER
 
              As the IMAGES ON the viewscreens FLICKER and change...every
              one of them SHOWING not Earth but space all around him --
              space filled with more giant ships, so much like his.
 
              BACK TO GALACTUS
 
              Staring in shock.  So quickly does he rise from his command
              chair that it goes skidding backward, CRASHING into the
              bulkhead beside it.  Now Galactus RIPPLES, VANISHING TO:
 
              EXT. SPACE OVER EARTH - GALACTUS' SHIP
 
              Galactus APPEARS outside it.  His gaze sweeps around at:
 
 
 
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              GALACTUS' POV - SPACE
 
              The ships are indeed all around him!  One after another,
              other beings very much like Galactus -- yet individuals, both
              men and women -- APPEAR, beckoning to him, and we hear a
              DEEP, COMMUNAL, GALACTUS-LIKE VOICE:
 
                                  GALACTUS-LIKE VOICE
                        COME...HOME...!!!
 
              The Voice REVERBERATES, OVER AND OVER, as the other Galactus-
              like beings VANISH and their ships begin to speed from our
              system.
 
              BACK TO GALACTUS
 
              He too VANISHES, and, immediately, his cables retract,
              withdrawing rapidly into Galactus' ship, which then speeds
              away from the planet, FORESHORTENING INTO WARP as we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. PLANET EARTH - NEW YORK CITY - UNITED NATIONS
              BUILDING - DAY
 
              PANNING ACROSS a crowd packed tightly before the damaged
              building.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (O.S.)
                        People of Earth, please, do not
                        thank me...
 
              CONTINUING TO PAN, we FIND a large, raised dais, and we HOLD
              ON it as, from where the podium where the Silver Surer stands:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        It is I who must thank you, for
                        this chance to redeem myself.  I
                        sorrow at the tragedy that has
                        befallen...
 
              CLOSER ON THE DAIS
 
              Standing behind the Surfer are various dignitaries, including
              the PRESIDENT OF THE U.S., Nova, the Fantastic Four, and
              General Claire.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        For my own well-being as well as
                        yours, now must I return to the
                        stars...
 
 
 
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              THE CROWD
 
              Reacts disappointedly:
 
                           FIRST MAN                     FIRST WOMAN
                   No!                           You can't!
 
                           SECOND WOMAN                  SECOND MAN
                   Silver Surfer -- stay!        Don't go!
 
              As they CALL OUT, we ANGLE TO the press area just in front of
              the dais, with its various cameras and newspeople.  Sidney
              Young looks into Bob's camera.
 
                                  YOUNG
                        You heard the shocking
                        announcement, ladies and
                        gentleman.  My good friend the
                        Silver Surfer is leaving us.
                               (beat)
                        Making this as good a time as any
                        to tell you that this reporter is
                        also leaving -- for an important
                        governmental position offered me
                        by the President himself!
 
              Young smiles, unable to hide the pride.
 
              THE DAIS
 
              The Surfer is going down the line, shaking hands.
 
                                  SUE
                        Thank you for all you've done.
 
                                  BEN
                        To bad ya can't stick around.
                        There's a lot I could teach ya
                        'bout savin' the world.
 
                                  JOHNNY
                               (wryly; to Ben)
                        Only thing you could teach is how
                        to look like a brick wall.
 
                                  REED
                        I won't say good-bye, Surfer.
                        Only, "until next time."
 
              The Surfer clasps Reed's shoulder, smiles.  Then he turns to
              Nova.
 
 
 
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                                  SILVER SURFER
                        Nova, are you ready?
 
              CLOSER ON THE SILVER SURFER AND NOVA
 
              Nova looks at him tentatively.  She shakes her head.
 
                                  NOVA
                        This is my home, Silverado, and it
                        needs a lot of rebuilding.
                               (beat)
                        You'd better go on without me.
 
              She looks over at Johnny.
 
                                  NOVA
                               (continuing)
                        Besides -- I've got a hot date
                        tonight.
 
              She hugs the Surfer to hide her tears.  Then:
 
                                  SILVER SURFER
                        To me, my board!
 
              WIDER
 
              The Surfer's board zooms toward him from its place at the
              other end of the dais, and the Surfer leaps onto it.  We
              ANGLE WITH him as he soars skyward, diminishing to a point of
              GLEAMING SILVER LIGHT as we
 
                                                       DISSOLVE TO:
 
              EXT. NEW MEXICO - THE DESERT - DAY
 
              TIGHTENING ON the VLA -- Very Large Array -- an imposing,
              group of satellite dishes and antennas, and the small
              buildings that support them.
 
                                  YOUNG (O.S.)
                        Chairman of the President's
                        Advisory Council on
                        Extraterrestrials...
 
              INT. ONE OF THE BUILDINGS - DAY
 
              Inside the dark, dismal building, surrounded by mounds of
              unopened boxes of equipment, are Young and BOB.  Although
              Bob's camera is nowhere to be seen, he's still occupied --
              wearing a set of headphones this time.
 
 
 
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                                  YOUNG
                        How could I know that meant being
                        stuck in the desert listening for
                        incoming phone calls from ET!
                               (starting to rant)
                        Where's the Beltway, the babes,
                        the lobbyist bucks!?
 
              Bob reaches out, sitting Young down and slamming the
              headphones on him.
 
                                  BOB
                        Shut up, Mr. Chairman, it's your
                        shift.
 
              And, on Young's mournful countenance, we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
              EXT. DEEP SPACE - THE SILVER SURFER
 
              Soars through the complicated rings of a large planet,
              slaloming up and down as well as sideways to avoid the
              particles.  There's no threat here.  He's just doing it for
              its own sake.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                        Ever do I seem to be erring -- and
                        learning -- and then erring
                        again...
 
              A larger chunk comes at him.  The Surfer avoids it with ease.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        Yet what is life's purpose, if not
                        to grow?  Each of us, in our own
                        way...
 
              He emerges from the rings, starts to speed up.
 
                                  SILVER SURFER (V.O.)
                               (continuing)
                        The past must I leave behind me,
                        like the cosmic dust in my wake.
                        The Silver Surfer shall soar into
                        the future -- now and forevermore!
 
              The Surfer FORESHORTENS INTO WARP, and we
 
                                                       CUT TO:
 
 
 
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              INT. AN UNKNOWN LOCATION - NIGHT - MATCHING SHOT OF THE
              SILVER SURFER
 
              As he WARPS OUT.  We WIDEN TO SEE that his IMAGE has been
              projected within a pool of molten magma which gives our
              entire surroundings a REDDISH, almost hell-like cast.
 
              WIDENING FURTHER, we SEE that observing the Surfer is the
              REDDISH figure of -- SHALLA BAL!  She reaches out to the
              magma longingly, then pulls back, turning to another figure
              beside her:  The RED-SKINNED being we will learn is MEPHISTO.
              Mephisto speaks with an almost Zenn-La tone of understanding.
 
                                  MEPHISTO
                        You still love him...
 
              Shalla Bal's answer is an unhappy nod.
 
                                  MEPHISTO
                               (continuing)
                        Yet he abandoned you...to certain
                        doom...
 
              Again, Shalla Bal nods.
 
                                  MEPHISTO
                               (continuing)
                        I promise that with my help,
                        Shalla Bal, you will get what you
                        need.  You will have your --
 
                                  SHALLA BAL
                        Revenge.
 
              Shalla Bal smiles -- just slightly.  Just enough.  She turns
              back to gaze into the magma, and we TIGHTEN ON her eyes.
              There, we SEE the IMAGE of the Silver Surfer, EMERGING FROM
              WARP and soaring through space -- reflected in her tears...
 
                                                       FADE OUT.
 
 
                                    THE END
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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