Date: 6th May 2015
Director Joss Whedon has deleted his Twitter account, following criticism of his latest film, Age of Ultron.
Its portrayal of female characters such as assassin Black Widow by Scarlett Johannsson had been called sexist.
Comic-book fans had also criticised Marvel's Avengers superhero film's plot, on the social network.
Immediately prior to deleting his account, Whedon tweeted: "Thank you to all the people who've been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here".
One critic had created a widely shared montage image showing many of the messages sent to Whedon.
Many called him sexist and misogynistic and said he had done a "hatchet job" on Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff.
One asked why the words "strong female character" were not in his vocabulary.
But many of Whedon's fans have now turned on the critics, subjecting some to harassment and abuse.
Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt accused them of having "chased Joss Whedon off Twitter".
Source: Press Release