OGUN, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Actor Jonathan Majors’s contracts with Marvel Studios and the Walt Disney company have been terminated after being found guilty of abusing and intimidating his ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari, according to the Associated Press reports.
Since Majors, 34, was arrested on 26 March after getting into a violent argument with Jabbari in a luxury SUV while traveling to Majors’ apartment in the Chelsea area of New York, the once bright career has taken a sharp turn for the worse.
On Monday, he was found guilty of two of the four charges brought against him by New York prosecutors: second degree aggravated assault and third degree assault.
During the two-week trial, a Manhattan jury heard four days’ worth of testimony from Jabbari, who said that things between her and Major turned physical after she noticed romantic texts on Majors’ phone.
When Jabbari grabbed the device from his hands, Majors twisted her arm in a position that caused her “excruciating pain” and struck her in the head, Jabbari told jurors.
Majors then took the phone back, got out of the vehicle and took off running through the streets of lower Manhattan as Jabbari chased behind him, street surveillance footage presented during the trial showed.
The former couple met in 2021 on the set of Marvel’s Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which was released a month before Major’s arrest. Jabbari was working as a movement coach and Majors was playing the time-travelling villain He Who Remains, ‘AKA Kang the Conqueror.’
According to Deadline, the movie was intended to represent the beginning of a new era in the studio’s cinematic history and pave the way for future collaborations between the actor and Marvel, including the two seasons of the Loki television series and the May 2026 release of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
According to a Hollywood Reporter article, the project is still in the screenplay stage and has not started filming. At the moment, there isn’t a director connected.
It remains unclear whether the character of Kang will be recast (a la Terrance Howard and Don Cheadle in the Captain America series) and remain in future films or if the studio will scrap future projects based around the character altogether and steer the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a new direction.
Marvel did not respond to the Guardian’s request for comment on their relationship with Majors by the time of publication. Majors was once considered a rising star in Hollywood, rising to prominence in The Last Black Man in San Francisco and going on to blockbusters such as Devotion, Lovecraft Country, The Harder They Fall, Da 5 Bloods and Creed III.
Magazine Dreams, where Majors starred as a troubled amateur bodybuilder, made a successful debut at the Sundance film festival in January and was slated to open in theaters this month.
Ahead of the trial, Searchlight Pictures, a Disney-owned distributor, had pulled the film from its release calendar, according to the Associated Press.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Majors’ public relations firm, The Lede Company, has dropped the actor. He has also been dropped by his managers at Entertainment 360.
Majors is set to be sentenced in February and faces up to a year in prison for the third degree assault charge.