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Marvel Drops Jonathan Majors After Assault Verdict

Marvel Studios and the Walt Disney Corporation have terminated their association with actor Jonathan Majors following his conviction for assaulting and harassing Grace Jabbari, his former girlfriend, as reported by the Associated Press.

The downfall of Majors’ once-promising career accelerated after the 34-year-old actor was arrested on March 26, following a heated altercation with Jabbari in a chauffeured SUV en route to Majors’ apartment in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. On Monday, he was convicted of third-degree assault and second-degree aggravated assault out of the four charges brought against him by New York prosecutors.

Throughout the two-week trial, a Manhattan jury heard Jabbari’s testimony over four days, recounting a physical altercation initiated by Majors when she discovered romantic texts on his phone. After grabbing the device from Majors, he allegedly twisted her arm, causing “excruciating pain,” and struck her in the head.

Subsequently, Majors seized his phone, fled the vehicle, and sprinted through lower Manhattan streets while Jabbari pursued him, as revealed by street surveillance footage presented during the trial.

The former couple first met in 2021 on the set of Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” released a month before Majors’ arrest. Jabbari worked as a movement coach, while Majors portrayed the time-traveling villain He Who Remains, also known as Kang the Conqueror.

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The film, intended to mark the start of a new cinematic era for Marvel, was anticipated to lead to further collaborations between Majors and the studio, including appearances in both seasons of the “Loki” series and “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” scheduled for May 2026, according to Deadline. However, the latter project was still in the script phase and had not commenced filming, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter, with no director currently attached.

The fate of the character Kang remains uncertain, as Marvel has not responded to inquiries about its relationship with Majors. Once considered a rising star, Majors gained prominence with roles in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” followed by blockbusters such as “Devotion,” “Lovecraft Country,” “The Harder They Fall,” “Da 5 Bloods,” and “Creed III.”

Majors, who played a troubled amateur bodybuilder in “Magazine Dreams,” faced setbacks even before the trial. The film debuted successfully at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was scheduled to open in theaters this month. However, according to the Associated Press, Disney-owned distributor Searchlight Pictures withdrew the film from its release calendar ahead of the trial.

Further compounding Majors’ professional challenges, his public relations firm, The Lede Company, and his managers at Entertainment 360 have also severed ties with the actor. Set to be sentenced in February, Majors faces up to a year in prison for the third-degree assault charge.

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