One of the potential X-Men franchise spinoffs is the Starjammers. The Starjammers are a team of space pirates that operate out of the Shi’Ar (pronounced Shee Are) Empire. They have fought to free various races from enslavement within the empire. The Starjammers have come to the aid of the X-Men on multiple occasions. The team first appeared on the pages of the Uncanny X-Men.
The Starjammers are, in essence, a group of space pirates who are fighting for the freedom of their home against the corrupt Shi’Ar Empire. The film development could be a cross between Star Wars and the Avengers. The concept would be similar to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy but would tie in with the X-Men.
Christopher Summers, the father of Scott (Cyclops) and Alex Summers (Havoc), was kidnapped by a Shi’Ar scout ship when they encountered it while flying their plane. Christopher would watch the death of his wife after a failed attempt to escape. Christopher was put into the Shi’Ar slavepits. While in the slavepits, Summers encountered several others trying to escape and joined Raza, Hepzibah and Ch’od to escape the slave pits. These four began the original Starjammers, after they stole a Shi’Ar long range scout ship and renamed it the Starjammer.
The Starjammer has long range space flight capability and has a range of weapon capabilities that make it a formidable attack ship. Various weapons and engineering systems have been upgraded with alien technology to make the ship more lethal and fly at higher speeds.
The Starjammers has come to the aid of the X-Men on multiple occasions and have provided interstellar transport for the team at various times. They were able to save the life of Colossus following his battle with the Shi’Ar villain Deathbird. Deathbird had used an alien acid against Colossus and impaled him with a Shi’Ar spear.
The Starjammers are most noted for leading the rebellion against the Shi’Ar Empress Deathbird. For a short period of time the former empress Lilandra joined the Starjammers to assist their efforts to overthrow the illegitimate rule of Deathbird.
Fox Studios may be looking for just such a commodity as the Starjammers. With Marvel’s release of the Guardians of the Galaxy, they will be the first super hero driven sci-fi movie. The Starjammers would be the Fox films answer to the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy. If the film were ever developed, it could do exactly what Guardians is doing for Marvel. It would add a science fiction element to the franchise and could give another edge to the ongoing movie developments. Many X-Men fans would love to see the studio take on the Starjammers to add this to the expanding franchise. The success of Guardians of the Galaxy may speed up the Starjammers development process.