The Starjammers made their debut in the pages of the X-Men back in the late 70’s and have been an ongoing ally ever since. Now Fox Studios may be looking to the team of space pirates to bring additional expansion to the X-Men film franchise. There are some striking similarities between the X-Men and the Starjammers.
1. Alien Involvement
The X-Men are a team of highly powered mutants and none of their members are aliens, there has been a great deal of alien involvement. The X-Men were forced to endure an ongoing conflict with the Shi’Ar Empire due to the actions of the dark Phoenix. The X-Men battled with the Shi’Ar Imperial Guard over the trial of the Phoenix. They believed her to be Jean Grey but instead she was an alien being who duplicated Jean’s DNA to produce a clone for the Phoenix Force to inhabit.
The Starjammers are made up of several non-human members. The group originated with only one human in the membership. Hepzibah is a member of a cat-like race and is covered in white fur with a long tail. Ch’od is a member of Saurid race and is an amphibious alien. Raza is a cyborg and the last surviving member of a race wiped out by the Shi’Ar. Sikorsky is the robot physician of the team and is able to use multiple advanced medical techniques. Lilandra was the rightful heir to the imperial throne of the Shi’Ar Empire and was robbed of her throne by her older sister Deathbird.
2. Advanced Technology
The X-Men have a number of technological advancements that aid them in their efforts. Cerebro uses the telepathic ability of the user and magnifies it hundreds of times. The device allows the user to search minds across the globe to find mutants or to locate a specific individual. The X-Men use a specialized version of an SR-71 to travel on various missions. The Blackbird can travel at supersonic speeds and has been equipped with computerized features that allow for easier flying.
The Starjammers take advantage of advanced alien technology. Their starship is a Shi’Ar long range scout ship and is armed with advanced weapons such as plasma torpedoes and heavy laser pulse cannons. The team also uses advanced weaponry such as pulse blaster pistols and rifles, pulse grenade launchers and advanced battle armor.
3. Outcasts and Outlaws
The X-Men have been outcasts for most of their existence because they are mutants. Mutants are feared and hated by many. They have been hunted down by various government organizations. The Days of Future Past shows the extent that they have been hunted with the creation of the Sentinels. This was a future that the X-Men were able to avoid due to Wolverine changing the past.
The Starjammers are the ultimate outlaws in the Shi’Ar Empire. They have helped to raise a rebellion against the rule of Deathbird and assisted the former Empress to regain her rightful rule. The Starjammers are former slaves turned space pirates. Their name comes from the Shi’Ar battle cruiser they stole called the Starjammer.