This article was published on 12/10 and republished on 12/11.
While Jonathan Majors lost all manner of roles and agents and ad campaigns in the wake of accusations of domestic violence that now have him facing charges, Disney has continued to stick by him, presumably because he is the lynchpin of the entire current phase of the MCU, playing multiple variants of Kang, the universe’s current big bad.
Things have now reached a point where it should be impossible for Disney continue working with Majors in the wake of what’s continually coming out about his behavior. This Friday, in his domestic violence case, text messages, previously inadmissible, but now read to the jury in the case, reveal Majors appears to be advising his girlfriend, accuser Grace Jabbari, not to go to the hospital after he gave her a head injury, even if she lied about what happened.
“I fear you have no perspective of what could happen if you go to the hospital,” Majors texted Jabbari in September 2022. “They will ask you questions, and as I don’t think you actually protect us, it could lead to an investigation even if you do lie, and they suspect something.”
And then Jabbari, who could not get through reading her full message without crying, and a prosecutor had to take over:
“I will tell the doctor I bumped my head if I go. I’m going to give it one more day, but I can’t sleep and I need some stronger pain killers. That’s all: why would I tell them what really happened when it’s clear I want to be with you?”
This is now evidence, on the record, and regardless of the trial’s outcome, it’s impossible to understand why Disney would continue to stand by Majors at this point instead of cutting him loose from the MCU, where, incidentally, this all happened during or after Majors had already been filming as Kang for Loki and Quantumania, which began in 2021. And this is not the only woman who has come forward alleging this kind of behavior from Majors. Are they what, going to sit around and wait to see if actual prison time prevents him from filming?
While separate from all this, Major’s performance as Kang has been praised, it doesn’t matter. He has to go. And even die-hard Marvel fans agree that it would be extremely easy to replace him given that the entire point of his character is that he has many different forms across a number of universes. We literally just saw three different actors playing Spider-Man as a part of No Way Home’s multiverse story. Anyone could replace Majors as Kang and it would make total in-universe sense. Though even if it didn’t, still replace him! He should not be anywhere near the MCU at this point.
There’s also the option of just cutting the Kang storyline entirely. Loki season 2 could theoretically be used as the endpoint for the Kang story, and few upcoming projects feel like they need Kang, up until the announced Avengers: Kang Dynasty which again, at this point, could be changed to something else if the entire character is thrown out.
But the end result is the same. Majors needs to go. He needed to go a while ago, and this new evidence read into record has to spur Disney to action at this point.
Update (12/10): I will weigh into some of the debate here that has arisen in the wake of this article, given that it’s a topic that has come up in Hollywood many times before, and even within large-scale Disney projects themselves.
The pushback here is that this is a criminal trial and people are innocent until proven guilty. But this is conflating the literal, legal justice system with the actions of a private company and who they want just not attached to their brand, but serving as a lynchpin to a universe worth billions.
With Majors, Disney would not be doing anything other projects he was attached to, or even his own agency, has not done already, as he has been dropped by everyone else. And they would not be doing something they have not done already. The case of Gina Carano has come up recently during this debate, the ex-MMA fighter and actress who had a popular turn on The Mandalorian and was even looking at her own spin-off.
But then she compared being persecuted for conservative political beliefs to Jews being persecuted by Nazis in the holocaust. And she made public comments that were perceived as anti-transgender. This fell into the old “freedom of speech” debate, where again, this is frequently misunderstood. Carano’s statements were not illegal, hence the “freedom of speech” she has, but as a private company, Disney had the right to cut ties with her, which they did.
So, when literal text messages are read into evidence of Majors telling his abused girlfriend not to go to the hospital as it might be bad for them, even if she lies, there is no reason Disney needs to be sitting and waiting around for an actual legal decision in the case. There’s a moral issue here, the texts are abhorrent and there are multiple, credible allegations against Majors besides this, and a business issue, as if Majors is convicted well, he’s not going to be filming as Kang is he?
It makes no sense for Disney to sit in a holding pattern like this, and it doesn’t make them look benevolent, waiting for the ruling of the court, it makes them look like they’re hedging their bets regardless of his behavior. A company like Disney does not need the legal system to make these decisions for them, and it seems abundantly clear that Majors is not someone they should be working with, no matter how high profile his role previously was.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) just keeps getting bigger and better. The success of recent movies such as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War has generated excitement in January’s planned release of Avengers: Endgame, the final movie in the series. However, there is one element of the MCU that has fans concerned – the casting of Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror in the upcoming film.
Majors’ casting has been met with criticism from fans, who argue that he is not suited for the role. Kang, one of Marvel’s biggest villains, is a time-traveling conqueror from the 30th century who has come to the present day to adjust the timeline in his favor. However, Majors, a largely unknown actor with no previous superhero experience, does not appear to match this description.
This is not to say that Majors is not a talented performer. He has already had some success in films such as Love & Basketball and The Last Black Man in San Francisco. But the role of Kang is a tall order. It requires someone with more experience playing supervillains, and Majors does not have that.
A better choice for the role of Kang would be an actor who has played similar types of characters in other productions. Some suggestions include Elijah Wood, Alfred Molina and Mads Mikkelsen. These are all seasoned actors who have proven themselves to be excellent choices for superhero films.
If Disney and Marvel are unwilling to replace Majors, then it may be best to cut Kang out of the MCU. Kang is a key figure in the MCU, and his presence in the upcoming film could have a huge impact on its success. It would be best to play it safe and focus on established characters that fans are familiar with, instead of making a risky gamble on someone who isn’t quite right for the role.
In conclusion, Disney should either replace Jonathan Majors with an experienced actor suited to the role of Kang, or cut him out of the MCU. The decision could have a huge impact on the success of the upcoming film, and it is one that Disney should not take lightly.