Joss Whedon joins Twitter

The director of "The Avengers" and creator of such shows as "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" has finally joined the the ranks of Twitter.

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Joss Whedon fans can now catch the latest musings of their favorite creative guru in 140 characters or less.

Whedon finally hopped onto the Twittersphere early Monday using the nom de Twitter of @JossActual. Displaying his usual deadpan sense of humor, Whedon describes himself as a "ladies man, man's man, man about town... Java man, Isle of Man, Mandroid, Man Who Would Be King Ralph, girly man."

As of late Monday, the writer and director known for "The Avengers," "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly," "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" and other cult classics had garnered almost 20,000 followers after posting just two tweets.

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Whedon is known not only for his dry sense of humor but for his unadulterated thoughts on art, entertainment, politics, and a lot more that's hardly mundane. So, fans should expect a fun, thought-provoking, and lively series of tweets going forward.

Tipping his toes into Twitter, Whedon joins a large cast of other creative folk with whom he's worked, including Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Eliza Dushku.

The timing seems right for Whedon to jump onto Twitter. Following the success of last year's "The Avengers," which he wrote and directed, he's produced a follow-up series for ABC dubbed "Agents of SHIELD" set to debut this September.

The new series will chronicle the exploits of agent Phil Coulson (who somehow survived a seemingly fatal stabbing by Loki in "The Avengers") and his team of fellow SHIELD operatives as they try to solve cases that bump into the strange and unknown. As Coulson himself puts it in the first promo for the show: "It's not just spy vs spy anymore."

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