UPDATE: James Gunn has followed up on his earlier comments about Joss Whedon and Avengers: Age of Ultron with a long Facebook post, writing about his own experiences with Twitter trolls and “the angry contingent of fandom.”
“It’s easy to be outraged by these tweets,” he wrote. “But whatever these angry tweeters are in need of, I don’t think it’s more anger and more rage thrown back at them on Twitter. I actually think that’s what they’re seeking. But what they need is something different. Compassion, maybe? A kind request for boundaries? I don’t know. Maybe you guys have some ideas.”
Read the entire post here.
EARLIER: Directing a major Marvel franchise can’t be easy, and when Joss Whedon shut down his Twitter account on Monday, many speculated he left because of angry fan criticism about Avengers: Age of Ultron. While Whedon hasn’t given a reason for his Twitter departure, some trolls directed their hate and even a few death threats at the writer/director, especially about Black Widow’s characterization and her tentative relationship with Bruce Banner in the film. Now, another Marvel director has weighed in: Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn.