They say that competition is always a positive for all sides involved – provided it’s a healthy one. But with fans of Marvel and DC Comics always ready for a chance to throw a ‘smoking gun,’ or new spokesperson in the face of their opponents, Suicide Squad director David Ayer fired a shot heard ’round the comic world (whether it should’ve been or not) by seeming to dismiss Marvel Studios in… blunt fashion.

Obviously, a clarification that it was all in jest came soon after. It was still enough to get the most… vocal fans of Marvel and DC raging, and now the final word on the debate may have been offered, with Marvel comic creator and MCU mainstay Stan Lee offering his own response to Ayer. And, unsurprisingly, does so in the most unexpected fashion.

Lee posted his response to Ayer on his Twitter account, linking back to a video he published some years ago concerning the real sentiment being expressed when someone shouts “f*** you”:

With Lee perhaps expected to take exception with Ayer’s comment, considering how long he’s been around creating and commenting on Marvel’s many movie and comic book heroes, his confirmation that it’s all taken in fun between longtime competitors is a pleasant surprise. And, as a reminder that being a comic book fan directing a current DC or Marvel blockbuster means you grew up with heroes like Lee, Ayer promptly responded:

Current Marvel CCO Joe Quesada had already laughed off the shot, and voicing his own excitement for Suicide Squad to add another limb onto the growing tree of comic book movies. Since, and all involved have maintained this from the start, more successful, ambitious comic book movies from every possible angle will only be good news for every studio. We doubt that will impact the heated exchanges taking place between the ‘rival’ movie universes, but it’s nice to know the people at the top haven’t forgotten this is all supposed to be fun, at least.

NEXT: Kevin Smith Says Suicide Squad ‘Does DC Proud’

Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018Shazam on April 5, 2019Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020The Flash is currently without a release date.

Source: Stan Lee

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