Avengers 5 Faces Title Change Amid Lead Actor's Assault Conviction

20.12.2023 posted by Admin

Avengers 5 Title Change Amid Star's Conviction

The upcoming Avengers movie is set to undergo a title revision following lead actor Jonathan Majors' conviction for assault.

On December 18, The Independent reported that Marvel Studios had parted ways with Majors, 34, immediately after the verdict, where a jury found him guilty of assaulting his former girlfriend.

Uncertainty surrounded Majors' role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after multiple charges were brought against the actor, who was slated to portray the primary antagonist in the upcoming Avengers installment.

The 34-year-old was convicted on one count of third-degree assault and one count of harassment. However, he was acquitted of another assault charge and one count of aggravated harassment. Sentencing is scheduled for February 6, with a potential one-year prison term.

Previously known for portraying Kang the Conqueror in the Loki TV series and the 2023 film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Majors was intended to be the next major Avengers villain following Josh Brolin's Thanos. The initial title for the fifth Avengers film was Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this title has been discarded, and the project will be temporarily referred to as Avengers 5 until a new title is chosen. The decision to alter the title implies Kang may be written out rather than recast.

In September, Marvel executives, led by studio head Kevin Feige, explored backup plans, considering alternative comic book adversaries such as Fantastic Four's Dr. Doom.

Following the allegations, Majors was dismissed by his management, and the US Army withdrew ads featuring him. Additionally, he was reportedly removed from an upcoming adaptation of Walter Mosley's novel The Man in My Basement.

Another project involving Majors, Magazine Dreams, has been removed from Walt Disney Studios' release calendar.

After the verdict, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg released a statement, affirming the commitment to supporting survivors. The trial evidence depicted a recurring cycle of psychological and emotional abuse, reflecting common patterns seen in many intimate partner violence cases. The jury concluded that Mr. Majors' actions amounted to assault and harassment, acknowledging the survivor's bravery in recounting her traumatic experience on the stand.
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