In a huge development, Disney-owned Marvel Studios has decided to sever ties with Kang actor Jonathan Majors following the recent verdict of his assault trial. The verdict in Majors’ assault trial appears to have led to a reconsideration of his involvement in future Marvel projects, marking a notable departure from his previously established presence within the franchise.
Jonathan Majors rose to prominence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe portraying Kang the Conqueror and his various variants in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the first two seasons of Marvel’s Loki on Disney Plus. His portrayal of the iconic comic book villain had positioned him as a central figure in the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, with expectations to reprise his role in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. However, in light of recent developments, Majors will no longer be involved in these Marvel projects, leaving the studio with the task of rethinking its approach to one of its most crucial characters.
While Kang’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe remains unclear, Marvel Studios has a history of recasting roles, typically due to creative differences or financial disputes rather than legal issues. Notably, Terrence Howard, who played James Rhodes in the first Iron Man movie, did not return for the sequel in 2010, with Don Cheadle stepping into the role, reportedly due to salary disagreements. Similarly, Edward Norton, who headlined The Incredible Hulk in 2008, was replaced by Mark Ruffalo for The Avengers in 2012 due to creative clashes with Marvel.
When will Jonathan Majors be sentenced?
Judge Michael Gaffey has scheduled the sentencing for Jonathan Majors on February 6th. Majors, now convicted of these misdemeanor charges, faces the possibility of up to a year in jail. The conclusion of this high-profile case brings a close to a trial that has garnered significant attention, particularly due to Majors’ prominence in Hollywood.
“At the Manhattan D.A.’s Office, we are committed to centering survivors in all of our work,” said District Attorney Alvin Bragg in a statement after the verdict. “The evidence presented throughout this trial illustrated a cycle of psychological and emotional abuse, and escalating patterns of coercion far too common across the many intimate partner violence cases we see each and every day.”
“Today, a jury determined that pattern of abuse and coercion culminated with Mr. Majors assaulting and harassing his girlfriend, “Bragg added. “We thank the jury for its service and the survivor for bravely telling her story despite having to relive her trauma on the stand.”
Jonathan Majors was slated to play a significant role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kang, with major appearances planned in upcoming MCU films Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. His portrayal of Kang and his various variants was first introduced in Marvel’s Loki and further expanded in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.