Marvel Studios drops Jonathan Majors from ‘Kang’ role
On Monday, the 34-year-old actor faced a Manhattan jury trial that ended with a guilty verdict on one count of third-degree assault and one count of harassment.
He was acquitted of another assault charge and one count of aggravated harassment. The verdict, which followed a 10-day trial, was reached after about five hours of deliberations and could result in up to one year in prison for Majors.
Marvel Studios’ decision came swiftly after the guilty verdict. Majors, who played the role of Kang the Conqueror in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, was set to be a central figure in upcoming projects, including Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, scheduled for release in May 2026.
During the trial, the prosecution argued that the case revolved around “control, domination, manipulation, and abuse.”
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg stated that the trial presented evidence of a “cycle of psychological and emotional abuse, and escalating patterns of coercion.”
Evidence released during the trial included text messages, photographs, footage, and a 911 call from the night of the alleged attack.
CCTV footage showed a physical altercation between Majors and Jabbari, and photos revealed the extent of Jabbari’s injuries. The trial’s outcome and the evidence presented led Marvel Studios to reassess Majors’ role in its future projects, considering the gravity of the situation.
Majors had been a fast-rising star in Hollywood, with notable performances in films like The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Devotion, and Da 5 Bloods.
He also received acclaim for his role in Magazine Dreams, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.