THE SILVER SURFER – DOWN TO EARTH: PART THREE

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

CUT TO:

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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.

CUT TO:

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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