Marvel Studios cuts ties with actor Jonathan Majors after a Manhattan jury finds him guilty of reckless assault and harassment.

Marvel Studios has severed connections with Jonathan Majors, who portrayed Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Multiverse Saga. This decision follows Majors’ conviction on December 18 for reckless assault in the third degree and harassment, stemming from an incident involving his ex-partner, Grace Jabbari.

Previously positioned as a central figure in Marvel’s storytelling arc, Majors’ Kang the Conqueror played a crucial role in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and both seasons of Loki. He was set to lead Avengers: The Kang Dynasty scheduled for May 1, 2026. Marvel now faces the decision to either recast the role or redevelop its plans and focus on a new villain.

This marks a significant shift for Marvel, which has recast roles in the past due to creative and financial disputes, not legal troubles. Majors’ departure presents creative challenges, with Marvel sources indicating that Loki creator Michael Waldron has been brought in to work on a new draft of what was once Kang Dynasty, now referred to as Avengers 5.

Jonathan Majors, once celebrated as a rising star, faced legal troubles following an arrest on March 25. He was found guilty of assaulting Jabbari in a private car, causing injuries, including a fractured finger and a cut behind the ear. The jury also found him not guilty on one count of intentional assault in the third degree and one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree.

In the wake of his legal woes, Majors has been dropped by his talent manager and publicity firm. The fallout extends to projects like Creed III and Magazine Dreams, which Searchlight Pictures removed from its calendar amid the actor’s legal challenges.

Marvel’s decision to part ways with Majors signifies a major professional consequence, forcing the studio to navigate creative decisions amid the interconnected narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.