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What’s next for Jonathan Majors’ career and the Marvel universe?

One of Hollywood’s quickest growing talents, Jonathan Majors will play a significant part in the development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, a conviction for beating his lover has destroyed his career and raised serious concerns about Marvel’s future plans.

Majors was supposed to be central to the films that Marvel is counting on to turn around its business, films that would also likely solidify his place on Hollywood’s A-list. Many people considered his debut as the villain Kang the Conqueror to be the high point of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which received mixed reviews and underwhelming box office performance upon its release in February.

The newspaper said, “Magnetic Jonathan Majors is the saving grace of Marvel’s bewildering, illogical latest outing.” “Every moment he’s onscreen, you’re on edge,” the Hollywood Reporter claims. Time Out further stated: “There’s a lot more Majors to come in future Marvel films and he’s really the only thing here that makes a continued story look even vaguely enticing.” But after being found guilty of two counts of assault and harassment connected to a fight with then-girlfriend Grace Jabbari in New York in March, Majors has now been removed from two scheduled Avengers films. He was acquitted of two additional charges. After making his breakthrough in the critically praised 2019 drama The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Majors’ career had been on the rise. He later starred in the Netflix western The Harder They Fall.

In addition, he played Michael B. Jordan’s opponent in the boxing sequel Creed III, received an Emmy nomination for HBO’s Lovecraft Country, and starred in Spike Lee’s military drama film Da 5 Bloods. Additionally, he was widely anticipated to receive an Oscar nomination for his role as an amateur bodybuilder in the movie Magazine Dreams, which had its Sundance Film Festival premiere earlier this year. However, the film’s distribution was postponed due to his arrest.

The actor was signed by Marvel Studios to play different iterations of the powerful, multiverse-spanning Kang in the Disney+ series Loki. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania marked his big-screen Marvel debut. Those who stayed until the credits saw the way the movie hinted at other Kang scenarios in the future.

“Kang was the new ‘big bad’ that they were setting up for the MCU after Thanos,” says TikTok movie and pop culture reviewer Big A Alvin Addo-Quaye. “They were really setting him up for the future Avengers movies.”

Majors’ character is also mentioned in the title of the 2026 film Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and he was supposed to play a significant role in the 2027 film Avengers: Secret Wars.

“Marvel had more riding on Jonathan Majors than maybe any other actor,” said Jake Coyle, a film reporter for the Associated Press.  “Now it’s parting ways with him, and throwing years of plans for its cinematic universe in disarray.” By Rolling Stone’s Alan Sepinwall, “Building a mega-billion dollar franchise’s next chapter around an actor whose criminal past will dominate the press cycle foreach film.”

Reports stated that Marvel did not “see a path to how they move forward” with Majors even before the ruling.

Even though Majors insisted he was innocent, his reputation had been severely tarnished by Ms. Jabbari’s testimony, text messages disclosing a prior injury and Majors referring to himself as a “monster,” as well as audio of him discussing his “temper” and how he was a “great man.”

Marvel’s choices

The studio is trying to re-establish itself as the all-conquering blockbuster machine after a run of lackluster releases, which is why Marvel decided to fire him. A syndrome known as “superhero fatigue” has been diagnosed in once-enthusiastic crowds, and the studio’s most recent film, The Marvels, had its lowest box office opening. Therefore, the business might use Majors’ exit as an opportunity to review its strategies and initiate a course correction.

Following the departure of director Destin Daniel Cretton last month, writer Michael Waldron of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has joined the team to adapt the plot for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Filming has not yet begun. The movie might abandon the Kang persona and focus on a new foe, because the MCU hasn’t yet explored the stories of other supervillains like Doctor Doom.

Marvel has produced five stories centered around the character, so it’s possible that they won’t give up the Kang plot so quickly. Thus, they have the choice to have another actor play Majors, which is not unheard of in the Marvel universe.

Following Edward Norton’s departure from the MCU due to creative differences, Mark Ruffalo assumed the roles of Bruce Banner and The Hulk, while Don Cheadle replaced Terrance Howard as Colonel James Rhodes following Howard’s departure due to salary concerns. “Their options are recast, or leave what they have done and and introduce a new villain, but that’s going to take a lot of time,” adds Addo-Quaye.

“I think a recast would be preferable. You can suspend your disbelief, so even though we’ve only seen Jonathan Majors portray Kang and the many incarnations of the character, I wouldn’t mind seeing another actor play the part. “In the end, it’s a comic book movie.” I believe creating a new enemy will take too much time.” Perhaps Majors himself finds the answer to be less straightforward. These were misdemeanor charges, and when he is sentenced in February, he might spend a year behind bars or on probation.

Independent films are more likely to provide him with a path than major studios, as other actors have recovered from comparable circumstances through time and penitence. It’s improbable that one of Hollywood’s most promising talents will reach the same heights again, and it’s all his own.

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