LOS ANGELES. — Jonathan Majors was one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars, with a major role in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But a conviction for assaulting his girlfriend has left his career in tatters and mounting questions over where Marvel goes next.
Majors was due to be at the heart of movies that Marvel is pinning its hopes on to turn its fortunes around – and that were expected to cement his status in Hollywood’s A-list.
His first appearance as supervillain Kang the Conqueror was praised by many as the best thing about Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which got otherwise mixed reviews and box office results when it came out in February.
“Magnetic Jonathan Majors is the saving grace of Marvel’s baffling, illogical latest outing,” said the Observer.
However, Majors has now been dropped from two planned Avengers movies after being found guilty of two charges of assault and harassment relating to an altercation with then-girlfriend Grace Jabbari in New York in March.
He was found not guilty of two further charges.
Majors’ career had been on the rise since he broke through in acclaimed 2019 drama The Last Black Man in San Francisco, before going on to star in Netflix western The Harder They Fall.
He also appeared in Spike Lee’s war drama film Da 5 Bloods, earned an Emmy nomination for HBO’s Lovecraft Country, and played Michael B Jordan’s adversary in boxing sequel Creed III earlier this year. So, what’s next for him?
These were misdemeanour charges, and he faces up to a year in jail or probation when he’s sentenced in February.
Other actors have come back from similar situations after time and repentance, with independent films more likely to offer him a route than big studios.
One of Hollywood’s most promising talents is unlikely to return to the same heights, and he is the only one to blame. — BBC.