‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson Deleted His Twitter Account

Is this a result of the James Gunn effect?  Perhaps, as another Marvel/Disney director, ‘Doctor Strange’‘s Scott Derrickson, has deleted his Twitter account following the firing of Gunn which came as a result of a right-wing group targeting him and releasing ten year-old jokes he had tweeted making light of rape, pedophilia and more.  In the wake of Gunn’s termination, ‘Star Wars’ helmer Rian Johnson went through and purged over 20,000 old tweets from his account.  ‘Star Wars’ is, of course, also owned by Disney.

Derrickson isn’t leaving social media altogether.  He remains active on Instagram, which is where he announced his departure from Twitter.

Derrickson shared the open letter from the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ cast which urged Disney to rehire Gunn for the third ‘Guardians’ which he was already working on in order to begin filming next year.  So obviously, Derrickson is supportive of Gunn in this matter as is a large chunk of the creative community.

Marvel Studios remains tight-lipped regarding its plans for after next year’s ‘Avengers 4’.  (They even sat out San Diego Comic-Con this year.)  But after the success of Derrickson’s ‘Doctor Strange’, it’s believed that he will return to direct a sequel.  Deleting his Twitter may be a way of ensuring that he is welcome back and won’t be dismissed by Disney for unfortunate words from the past that resurface at an unfortunate time.  Or maybe he simply didn’t want to deal with the negativity that Twitter seems to breed.

Do you hope that Derrickson sticks around for at least another ‘Doctor Strange’?

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Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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