Joss Whedon Quits Twitter After Huge Avengers: Age Of Ultron Debut! But What Drove Him Away??

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Apparently more than a dozen superheroes in Avengers: Age Of Ultron was enough to handle, but 140 characters is just too much.

On the heels of the second-biggest opening weekend of all time — behind his own original Avengers movie — director Joss Whedon has unexpectedly deleted his Twitter account.

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The prolific tweeter gave no reason, he simply signed off for good after one final message to fans:

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We don’t know for sure why he dropped the bird, as he isn’t talking. But here are some possible reasons:

1 – to give himself more free time

Joss has actually quit Twitter before, back in 2013.

At the time he explained that having the direct ear of fans was fun but “enormous work.”

Maybe he just needs the time to go and figure out his next move again?

2 – to protect himself from himself

He got into a spot of trouble recently when he threw shade at Jurassic World, calling sexism on the interplay between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in a clip.

He later said in an interview that the critique was bad form and tweeted half-jokingly that Marvel execs weren’t happy when he tweeted “anything controversial.”

So maybe this is to prevent biting the hand that feeds or putting his foot in his mouth?

No easy-to-use platform, no digits in mouth.

3 – to protect himself from criticism

In the hours following the humongous debut of Age Of Ultron, the director was inundated with tweets labeling him a sexist and a racist for his portrayals of Black Widow and Scarlet Witch.

There doesn’t seem to be any consensus of offense here. Most fans find his portrayals of female characters to be the most nuanced and complex of any blockbuster director working today.

But the tweets poured in nonetheless.

4 – to protect himself from actual harm

Among the many tweets from unhappy movie viewers, there were an alarming number of people who called for Whedon’s head LITERALLY.

Some said they would kill him for Tony Stark’s “prima nocta” joke. Some told him he should commit suicide for having Black Widow call herself a monster. (You can see some of the vileness HERE.)

In short, a great many people went WAY too far. That’s not voicing your opinion; it’s making threats.

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We may never know the exact straw that broke the creator’s back, but we hope Joss comes back to Twitter some day and explains the exit himself.

Why do YOU think Joss left Twitter??

[Image via Twitter/Euan Cherry/WENN.]

May 5, 2015 4:21pm PDT

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