According to Variety, Marvel executives reportedly discussed replacing the character of Jonathan Majors following his domestic violence arrest in March against a Dr. Exchange Doom story.
The “Creed III” actor is facing four misdemeanor counts of harassment and assault after he was arrested following the alleged domestic violence incident with his former partner Grace Jabbari.
Following the alleged ordeal in March this year, numerous institutions and agents dropped the actor – leading to problems with his upcoming work, particularly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel had planned to center sequels and spin-offs around Kang the Conqueror – the Majors’ character. However, the lawsuit reportedly caused Marvel to reconsider and reconsider their backup options diversity.
Jonathan Majors is charged with four counts of harassment and assault after he was arrested following the alleged domestic violence incident with his former partner Grace Jabbari
Jonathan Majors and Grace Jabbari attend the ‘Devotion’ premiere at Cinesphere on September 12, 2022 in Toronto
However, sources told the outlet that this plan wouldn’t be easy – due to villain Kang’s central role in Loki and the Marvel Universe.
A top dealmaker told Variety, “Marvel is really screwed with the whole Kang aspect.”
“They didn’t have a chance to rewrite until recently [because of the WGA strike]. But I don’t see any way they can move forward with him.’
This month, Disney removed another major film, Searchlight’s Magazine Dreams, from its release calendar.
The feature film was originally scheduled to premiere on December 8, but its release was marred by the cast member’s ongoing legal issues.
Jonathan Majors as Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
A drawing by Dr. Doom, another Marvel villain
Several other projects have had their release dates changed by Disney, and the version of Snow White starring Rachel Zegler was pushed back from 2024 to 2025.
This comes just a week after Majors denied his request to dismiss his domestic violence charge – and the judge cleared the way for the case to be heard.
Judge Michael Gaffey made the ruling last Wednesday during a court hearing in Manhattan. Majors participated via video link because he was out of state.
The “Creed III” actor was arrested on misdemeanor charges on March 25 for an alleged attack on dancer Jabbar.
Ms. Jabbari, who lives in London, initially said the majors had beaten and strangled her, but the strangulation charge was dropped. He is now only accused of injuring her arm after police determined she suffered minor injuries following the alleged ordeal.
On September 12, his lawyers filed the motion, claiming the state had withheld evidence that would prove Majors’ innocence. This was denied on Wednesday.
Grace Jabbari left Manhattan’s 10th Ward last week
Jonathan Majors’ ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari (pictured)
A test start date has not been set.
His legal team is trying to keep parts of the case secret.
The chaotic proceedings were further muddled when the Majors filed a countersuit against Jabbari, claiming she was the one who attacked him. An NYPD document was created that alerted officers that there was probable cause for Jabbari’s arrest in June.
Priya Chaudhry, Majors’ lawyer, has previously shown her strong belief that her client Majors is innocent and that Jabbari should be arrested.
The opposing sides disagree about who was the perpetrator of the March 25 event.
According to court documents, the couple was sitting in a car when Jabbari saw a message on the major’s phone that said, “I wish I kissed you now.” She reached for the phone, causing Majors to twist her forearm and hit her in the ear.
She tried to get out of the car and he “threw her back in,” causing her “ongoing significant pain, including a broken finger, bruising to her body, a laceration behind her right ear and a bump to her head,” it says the documents condition.
Chaudhry requested a quick trial date for Majors in June to expedite the case.
Then, on September 6, prosecutors said they were ready for trial and had filed a certificate of compliance. Majors’ attorney claimed to have found flaws in the document.
For this reason, they filed a motion to dismiss, which has now been denied.