Renowned actor Jonathan Majors, known for his impressive roles in popular projects such as Creed III, HBO’s Lovecraft Country, and Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, has found himself embroiled in controversy after his arrest in March on assault charges. As the situation unfolds, Majors is facing consequences in his professional career, with several productions and agencies distancing themselves from the actor.
Majors’ arrest on charges of strangulation, assault, and harassment on March 26 sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry. In response, Majors’ lawyer released a statement asserting the actor’s innocence, claiming that he was the victim of an altercation with a woman he knew. However, this defence seemed to backfire when text messages from the alleged victim, released by Majors’ crisis publicist (who is also the husband of his attorney), raised concerns and were seen by some as indicative of potential abuse.
As a result of these developments, Majors has faced significant professional repercussions. His publicists, Lede Company and Management 360, reportedly severed ties with the actor, and he has stepped down from his positions on the boards of the Gotham Film and Media Institute and the Sidney Poitier Initiative. Majors has also been dropped from several advertising campaigns and was removed from the cast of the upcoming movie The Man in My Basement. Additionally, an untitled Otis Redding biopic that he was reportedly considering has also parted ways with him.
Furthermore, recent reports from Variety have revealed that multiple alleged abuse victims of Majors have come forward and are cooperating with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in its case against the actor. Among these alleged victims is reportedly someone who worked on the set of Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, in which Majors portrayed the movie’s principal villain, Kang.
Despite these controversies, Marvel Studios has not yet severed ties with Majors, and he is still attached to the upcoming production of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which is set to begin filming next spring. Majors has been a significant part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in recent years, having appeared in the first season of Loki as a character named He Who Remains and being positioned as a major threat going forward.
The potential of recasting the role of Kang presents a challenge for Marvel, as Loki season 2, which is expected to feature Majors in a prominent role, has already been filmed. This news may also impact Disney’s plans for the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on Disney Plus, as the company navigates the situation surrounding Majors’ legal troubles.
As Hollywood and fans alike grapple with the unfolding events surrounding Majors, his representatives continue to assert his innocence and provide evidence to support his defence. Majors’ attorney, Priya Chaudhry, stated in an email blast to the press on April 19 that he is innocent and that they are confident he will be fully exonerated.
The situation involving Jonathan Majors continues to evolve, with legal proceedings pending and professional consequences unfolding. As more details emerge, the entertainment industry and fans will undoubtedly be watching closely to see how this high-profile case progresses and how it may impact Majors’ career moving forward.