Jonathan Majors is officially going to trial. Following one final push by his lawyers to get the assault charges against the Marvel star dismissed, the judge has officially rejected their motion.
This past Wednesday Jonathan Majors went to his final pre-trial hearing in New York following his arrest this past March. During the hearing, Majors’ lawyers sought to dismiss both the misdemeanor assault and harassment charges levied against the Marvel actor and to seal certain pieces of evidence ahead of the trial. The judge rejected the former motion to dismiss, paving the way for a trial on November 29th.
Rumors have it that the outcome of Jonathan Majors’ trial will make or break his role at Marvel Studios. If he’s found guilty, he’ll almost certainly be recast in the MCU as Kang the Conqueror. Given how much the studio has balanced on Majors’ role, it’s certainly understandable why Marvel would want to wait and see what the outcome is before dropping him, unlike his former manager and publicist.
Jonathan Majors’ Future as Kang in Doubt Amid Abuse Claims
Jonathan Majors is set to reprise his role as Kang in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which is slated to hit theaters in May 2025, with the 33-year-old actor expected to earn a hefty $20 million payday, including back-end compensation. He is also signed on to appear in Avengers: Secret Wars, at least for the time being.
Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, is said to be closely monitoring the situation and has time to make a decision before production begins on The Kang Dynasty. However, Variety has revealed that the alleged victim in the Manhattan incident also worked on Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, in which Jonathan Majors had a prominent role. This could potentially create a conflict for the studio as it decides how to handle the situation.
As the situation with Jonathan Majors unfolds, it remains to be seen how Disney will respond. While his attorney maintains his innocence, the cooperation of multiple alleged victims with the district attorney’s office suggests that the case is far from over.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter