In what may be the very definition of a first-world problem, Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn has taken to social media with stern words for rival comic book fanboys, asking them to please grow the hell up and take their fighting out of his mentions.

The trouble started when Gunn, who sits on the Marvel side of the fence, sent out a congratulatory tweet to his pal actor Zachary Levi, who has recently been cast in the role of DC supehero Shazam in an upcoming movie.

This seemingly innocuous Tweet apparently sparked a rush of angry replies, and at a certain point, he cracked it, complaining that “every time I mention anything DC, no matter what, my feed becomes an endless screaming match about Batman v Superman.

He continued to rant, saying:

You guys are never going to convince each other – it’s just a bunch of wasted energy. At least when you’re screaming at each other about Trump, it’s something of international importance. But it’s a 2-year-old movie that some people like and some people don’t. Why is someone else’s opinion so important to you?

As Marvel and DC super fans you have way more in common with each other than you do with the rest of the world. So why do you spend so much time raging at each other? It’s silly. Please just stop it. Stop engaging in that way. But at the very least, when you do, untag me. I’ve muted a lot of you guys, but not all. Thanks.

Earlier this month, after news of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal broke, James Gunn made an emotional statement acknowledging that sexual predation is still “rife” in Hollywood and elsewhere, and pledging to try and lend a hand.

“I am hoping with recent truths coming to light, that their reign is coming to an end, in Hollywood, and everywhere,” he wrote. “I promise to do everything I personally can to stop it, and I applaud and have deep love for every human being who breaks the silence.”

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