Well, it’s official — Joss Whedon has quit twitter. And honestly? That was probably a really, really good idea.
Whedon’s recent resignation from the Marvel franchises was because he was feeling burnt out and over stressed… and literally the least helpful thing for an overly stressed person is to spend time on a social media platform where they’re getting constantly hit with hatred.
While Age of Ultron was a very good film, it was far from perfect. Some people are sending Whedon legitimate criticism, but others are just spewing harassing bile. Eventually, the legitimate feedback gets lost in the signal to noise ratio.
Whedon’s getting it from all sides this time around. Whedon is a fairly public feminist, so whenever he makes any sort of mistake, he gets crucified publicly. There are those who think Natasha’s storyline falls into a problematic anti-feminist trope — which while still handled narratively well, it arguably does when looked at with a wider lens. Just because it was character appropriate in this instance doesn’t erase the greater cultural context.
But people forget he’s a fallible human being, and he was only easily knocked off a pedestal because people were foolish enough to put him up there in the first place. He’s a person, and he’s going to f*** up every once and a while.
So the guns are blazing at him, and this time from the people normally in his corner.
And he’s already stressed out to what sounds like a breaking point.
My god, the guy should have gotten off of social media weeks ago…