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Joss Whedon quits Twitter following accusations of 'sexist' portrayal of Black Widow in Avengers

Published 05/05/2015 | 10:25

CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 14: (L-R) Director/writer Joss Whedon, winner of Movie of the Year for 'Marvel's The Avengers,' poses in the press room during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on April 14, 2013 in Culver City, California.
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 14: (L-R) Director/writer Joss Whedon, winner of Movie of the Year for 'Marvel's The Avengers,' poses in the press room during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on April 14, 2013 in Culver City, California.

Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon has quit Twitter in the wake of criticism of the female Black Widow character in the movie.

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The director had more than 1m followers of his social media account but quit yesterday amid rumours he had been sacked by Marvel.

However, the rumours are unfounded.  Whedon and Marvel are celebrating a whopper opening weekend for Avengers: Age of Ultron in the US.

The film landed the second biggest opening of all time with $191m after Avengers.

However, Whedon has been garnering some criticism on Twitter over the portrayal of the sole female character in the film, Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) as a 'damsel in distress'.

He did not cite this as his reason for deactivating his account and simply wrote, "all the people who've been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here" before closing his account.

Critics have labelled Whedon a 'hypocrite' since he criticised the teaser for Jurassic World for being "70s era sexist", a comment for which he later apologised.

However, his fans have been just as vocal on Twitter:

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