Suburban Connecticut, outside of New York City, 1973. The
train lies dark and motionless, a few flashing yellow
INT. TRAIN. PRE-DAWN
Various passengers, huddled uncomfortably, cold, asleep.
On Paul Hood, 15-and-a-half, stoner-preppie look, hunched up
emergency exit sign.
train's engines returns.
(mumbling, ad lib)
back in service - next stop will be
New Canaan, Connecticut. New
Canaan, Connecticut, next stop!
He moves on to the next car.
still-dark early morning.
The Thing, Medusa, Flame, and Richards' wife Sue Storm look
DESTROYED THE WQRLD!"
Paul looks up again, thinking.
Fantastic Four, published in
November 1973, Reed Richards has to
use his anti-matter weapon on his
own son, who Annihilus has turned
into a human atom bomb. His son is
the result of Richards' coupling
with the earthling Sue Storm, and
of the Fantastic Four on their
aborted moon mission have made
of matter and anti-matter.
EXT. TRAIN BRIDGE. PRE-DAWN
And that's what it is to come from
a family, if you analyze it
closely. Each of them is negative
matter for the other ones. And
when your family, which is in fact
which you emerge -- it's when the
family takes you back, thus hurling
you back into negative space...
INT. TRAIN. CONT'D.
On Paul, as the sun breaks over the horizon. His face glows
So it's a paradox -- the closer
you're drawn back in, the further
into the void you're thrown.
even in her oversized sweater; and Wendy, 14, a sullen
He pauses, regarding them.
They stand, silent, even dignified, awaiting him.
EXT. ST. PETER'S SCHOOL. MORNING
Cramped, a mess, but quaint. Paul shares the room with
Francis Davenport IV, a dissolute, smart-ass son of money.
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