Last week on Conan, the actor caused superhero movie fans to froth with anger when he said those kind of films, particularly Marvel ones, are “for grown male nerd childs”.
“I have some issues with them and I generally don’t like them,” he told the chat show host. “I don’t wanna be bullied into seeing those movies. I’m a grown-up, I’m not seven, and I think those movies are for grown, male nerd childs.”
Naturally, Marvel fans weren’t too happy with his comments and have since expressed their outrage on social media. But that hasn’t discouraged the quick-quipping actor from firing another devastating blow to the fanbase, this time upping the vitriol.
“Hey, Marvel movie fans! Stop acting like outraged religious fanatics defending their belief system. It’s okay if I don’t believe. Let it go. Also, I’m actually big fan of a lot of comic art. Try to relax your mainstream asses,” he tweeted.
Of course, with Marc starring alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro in Todd Phillip’s upcoming Joker movie, the actor has since had to fend off accusations of hypocrisy.
However, Marc has made it clear that the reason he’s doing the DC film is because he wanted the opportunity to work with De Niro. It’s also worth noting that Phillips explained on a number of occasions that Joker won’t be your typical superhero movie, claiming that it won’t “follow anything” from the comics.
In any case, the actor has since acknowledged that his choice of words may have been “triggering” for some fans.
“Apparently, the consensus is I’m allowed to have my opinion about MCU but the use of the word ‘nerd’ and ‘grown man child’ and any suggestion of cultural infantilism was triggering. I get it. Noted,” he wrote.
Joker will be released in cinemas on October 4.