Elizabeth Olsen thinks criticism of Marvel's female characters is ''ridiculous''.

The 26-year-old actress - who appeared in the star-studded 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' earlier this year - has hit back at critics of the franchise, who've argued actresses are being handed weak storylines by movie bosses.

Reflecting on the discussion, Elizabeth said: ''I actually think they write amazing women. I think the women exist on their own.

''I think if there ends up being a love interest for any of them, it's not making them a love interest in a story. It's just part of humanity. Everyone is trying to find a mate. That's kind of just how the world has been created.

''So for a superhero to not want that is kind of strange. Like, why are you cutting off the fact that there's another part to them? It's like, okay, so what? Female CEOs and CFOs aren't allowed to, like, have a husband and get married and have a baby?''

And Elizabeth - who plays Scarlet Witch in the Marvel universe - said she has no qualms with the storylines she's been given.

She told Refinery29.com: ''I don't understand. So, for me, I love the way they write my character. I love what happens.''