The entertainment industry is in turmoil following the arrest of one of its new rising stars, and now charges have been made, The Walt Disney Company is dictated by its own history and may respond as it has done before.
The domestic abuse allegations made against Johnny Depp from both the press and his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, left the movie star out of work and exiled from Hollywood. Depp’s career took a nose-dive when, in 2018, News Group Newspapers LTD publication published a story claiming the star was a “wife-beater.”
What ensued was years of domestic violence litigation both at the London High Court in the United Kingdom for the libel case against (which Depp lost in 2020 and subsequently lost his appeal request in 2021) and the following $50 million defamation case the actor set against Amber Heard.
The latter came after . While Depp was never named, many outsiders took that the (2018) actress was documenting her relationship experience with the actor. In 2019, two months after the published essay, Depp sued Heard, and three years later, the two would end up in court in Fairfax County, Virginia, to testify their cases.
Both Depp and Heard were found guilty of defaming each other, but it would be the Captain Jack Sparrow star.
Despite his win in Judge Penney Azcarate’s courtroom, Depp has not been reinstated in any of his previous roles. During the libel trial in London, Depp was forced to resign from his role as Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard antagonist in Warner Bros.’s franchise. .
So, the actions that were taken against Depp by the House of Mouse — that is, the company’s reaction to the domestic abuse claims and his loss at the London courts where Justice Andrew Nicol decided that claims of abusive behavior were “substantially true” — must then be extended to any other actor who ends up in a similar situation. Disney’s own history is likely going to dictate the outcome of one key Marvel performer.
The Jonathan Majors arrest shocked many. Over the weekend, Kang the Conqueror actor and star of the new (2023), . While Majors’s team quickly responded, saying the actor looks forward to clearing his name (despite an outpouring of claims from the industry stating otherwise), yesterday proved that the story is far from over.
Per , it has been confirmed that the actor has been charged with the following:
“…the district attorney’s office confirmed the actor had been charged with several counts of assault in the third degree, three counts of attempted assault in the third degree, one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree, and one count harassment in the second degree.”
Majors was released on his own recognizance and granted a limited order of protection. His next day in court is on May 8, 2023.
The assault complaint comes from an unknown female accuser who claims the actor struck “her about the face with an open hand, causing substantial pain and a laceration behind her ear” and that he “put his hand on her neck, causing bruising and substantial pain.”
Despite the unsettling claims, Majors’s defense lawyer Priya Chaudry and would present findings to the District Attorney’s office in order to get the charges dropped. This was Sunday, and Monday proved that would be fruitless as Majors charged.
If Disney were to follow in the footsteps of their handling of the Johnny Depp situation, then this would mean that both CEO Bob Iger and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige would have to remove Majors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and replace him as Kang the Conqueror in response to the alleged assault.
The actor Jonathan Majors first made his appearance in the MCU back in 2021’s television series, where he starred as He Who Remains — a Variant of Kang the Conqueror. Then, just last month, Majors became the principal antagonist in (2023) alongside Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man. This subsequently set up the rest of Phase Five and Phase Six right through to (2025) and (2026).
How the future of the MCU now factors in Majors’s Kang is anyone’s guess, as neither Disney nor Marvel has spoken out on the issue at hand.