Jonathan Majors Dropped By Disney

Marvel Studios announced on Tuesday that they have cut all ties with actor Jonathan Majors following his guilty verdict on charges of reckless assault and harassment. A spokesperson for the studio confirmed the firing to Deadline and other news outlets, adding that there would be no further comment.

Majors, 34, first gained recognition for his roles in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” and the film “Creed III.” He then landed coveted roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with appearances as Kang the Conqueror in the Disney Plus series “Loki” and an upcoming role as the main antagonist in the movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”

However, in late March, Majors was arrested and charged in connection with a domestic dispute involving his ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari in Manhattan. His public relations firm and talent management company quickly dropped the actor, raising doubts about his future projects.

Majors maintained his innocence throughout the trial and pleaded not guilty to the charges. But after a jury found him guilty on two misdemeanor counts on Monday, it seems that Marvel Studios has decided to cut ties with the actor altogether.

While the studio has not confirmed how they will proceed with their plans for the future, sources suggest that executives had previously discussed introducing a backup plan in case Majors was unable to continue in his role as Kang the Conqueror. This could potentially involve focusing on another main villain, such as Dr. Doom.

In the midst of the legal proceedings, Variety reported in November that Marvel had already taken steps to minimize Majors’ role in promotions for “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” removing him from a preview screening of the film and dropping him from promotional events.

Majors’ lawyer, Priya Chaudhry, issued a statement following the verdict, stating that the actor “still has faith in the process and looks forward to fully clearing his name.” However, the sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 6, and Majors could face up to a year in prison.

This swift action from Marvel Studios is a clear indication of the zero-tolerance policy against abuse and misconduct that many Hollywood studios are adopting. With the industry under increasing scrutiny for its handling of such cases, it seems that Majors’ guilty verdict was enough to spell the end of his career with the studio.

It remains to be seen how Marvel will handle the fallout from this scandal and what impact it will have on their future projects. However, with such a promising talent now out of the picture, it is clear that Marvel will have to make some major adjustments to move forward.

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