Actor Jonathan Majors has been dropped by Marvel from future projects after being convicted of assault and harassment charges. Majors had played the villain Kang the Conqueror in the 2021 movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and was slated to star in the lead role in the upcoming film “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty”, set for release in 2026. Following his conviction, a spokesperson for Walt Disney-owned Marvel confirmed that the studio had cut ties with Majors.
The actor had been charged with two counts of assault and two counts of harassment, all misdemeanors. The jury convicted him on one count of assault and one count of harassment, and acquitted him of the other charges. The verdict came after a two-week trial in a state court in Manhattan.
During the reading of the verdict, Majors, dressed in a grey suit, stood and faced the jury. He showed little reaction to the verdict except for pursing his lips and casting his face down when the first conviction was read.
Majors, who had been seen as a rising star in Hollywood, has yet to comment on the verdict or his dismissal from Marvel projects. It remains to be seen how the studio will move forward with their plans for “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” without their intended lead actor.