Jonathan Majors: Marvel Cancels Actor Following Guilty Verdict In Assault Case

BY Dora Abena Dzaka December 19, 2023 3:46 PM EDT
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After Jonathan Majors’ high-profile trial came to an end with the actor being found guilty of assault, Marvel, one of the actor’s current employers, canceled the actor as a result.

Majors’ lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, argues that the accuser, who was Majors’ ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari, was fabricating the entire incident.

The Creed III star has insisted on his innocence throughout the case.

The 34-year-old was however found not guilty of an additional assault charge and aggravated harassment, despite the studio withholding further information.

The March altercation that resulted in Jabbari’s hospitalization for minor injuries is the basis for Majors’ charges. The prosecution claimed that Majors had been abusing Jabbari physically and mentally for years before the alleged assault.

The defense team for Majors has long maintained that Jabbari was the one who started the altercation. After turning herself in, Jabbari was taken into custody in October; however, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office chose not to press charges.

A rising star in Hollywood, Jonathan Majors has starred in several big movies, including The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) and The Harder They Fall (2021), as well as the series, Lovecraft Country.

The actor also starred in Creed III and has appeared in several Marvel Studios TV shows and films.

In the Season 1 finale of Loki, which opened up the multiverse to the MCU, Majors made his first appearance as the enigmatic “He Who Remains”.

He was however properly introduced as the villain Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which included a glimpse into the studio’s bigger plans around the character that were expected to eventually culminate in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, slated for 2026.

The Kang Dynasty takes its subtitle from a comic book storyline that involves Kang and his son successfully conquering the world (at least temporarily) and facing off with the Avengers. While it’s unlikely the film will be a direct adaptation of the comics, Quantumania’s post-credits scene teased the potential for many more Kangs to come, all seemingly portrayed by Majors.

While the studio had kept quiet about Majors’ status with the franchise since his arrest with his appearance in the second season of Loki as Victor Timely, executive producer Kevin Wright told outlets that the actor’s legal troubles had not affected the series.

Majors was arrested in March on charges of assault, strangulation, and harassment after New York City police responded to an emergency call from an apartment. He was later arraigned and charged with two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault and one misdemeanor count each of third-degree attempted assault, second-degree aggravated harassment, and second-degree harassment.

After several delays, Majors’ trial began on November 29.

Majors isn’t the only actor who has faced such troubling allegations. Among the most recent to also be hit by such a scandal is Ezra Miller, Warner Bros., and DC’s Flash star, who was arrested twice in Hawaii for allegations including assault, faced grooming, and received a protective order in North Dakota.

He also pleaded guilty to trespassing for an incident in Vermont. The Flash bombed at the box office in June, but we have no news about him being canceled.