Jonathan Majors legal troubles caused an Assembled special about Ant-Man to be canceled.
Fans of Marvel’s Ant-Man franchise have been waiting for the new Assembled special that was set to debut yesterday June 14. However, the special has been delayed indefinitely, most likely because of the drama surrounding actor Jonathan Majors and his current legal trial. Now, in addition to the ongoing Writer’s Guild of America strike, we’re not sure if the Ant-Man special will air at all.
Earlier this year, Jonathan Majors was arrested at his Manhattan home for domestic assault and harassment allegations made by his former girlfriend. The unnamed woman had previously been sent to the hospital for minor injuries and is now pressing charges against the actor. If he is found guilty, then he could spend up to one year in prison.
It’s no secret that Disney executives and many others are not happy with Jonathan Majors right now. The actor burst onto the Hollywood scene this year after starring in two hit films: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Creed III, with his upcoming indie film, Magazine Dreams, already producing Oscar buzz, but his career may be over if the allegations against him turn out to be true.
Obviously, this is not good PR for any of the companies that Jonathan Majors is working with, so the marketing teams behind Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Creed III have downplayed his appearance in their films despite his large roles. Jonathan Majors portrayed Kang the Conqueror in the most recent Ant-Man film, and his character is supposed to play a very large role in the upcoming Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. Despite the negative press around the actor, Disney has not cut him from the upcoming movies yet, and his IMDb profile shows that he is still involved in both projects.
Some are speculating that Disney won’t pull the plug on Jonathan Majors’ MCU career until they know for sure whether or not he is guilty of the alleged crimes. This makes sense since replacing a major character in such a large franchise takes a lot of effort, it can interfere with viewer continuity, and the actor might not even be guilty of the crimes. On Tuesday, June 13, Jonathan Majors made an appearance in court to continue his ongoing trial, but no verdict has been announced to the public yet.
The Ant-Man franchise has been going strong since its first movie premiered back in 2015, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas. Jonathan Majors entered the franchise as Kang the Conqueror, a supervillain that can travel the multiverse and timestream as easily as anyone else crosses the street, making him an ultimate threat against Ant-Man and the Avengers.
While the plot of the new Assembled special is under wraps, we can speculate that it will be similar to the Disney TV series Avengers Assemble that ran from 2014 to 2019. The animated show primarily focused on the core Avengers crew (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye), so the new special would most likely introduce new team members, like Ant-Man and perhaps Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and the crew from The Guardians of the Galaxy.