'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' is released in the UK on July 5

Michael Bay has spoken out against critics of his ‘Transformers’ films.

The fourth installment in director Bay’s sci-fi action franchise will introduce an entirely new cast including Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, TJ Miller, Sophia Myles and up-and-coming Irish actor Jack Reynor.

Bay has faced increasing criticism with each entry of the franchise, but has revealed he is no longer bothered by it.

“They love to hate, and I don’t care; let them hate,” he told MTV. “They’re still going to see the movie! I think it’s good to get a little tension. Very good.”

He continued: “I used to get bothered by it, but I think it’s good to get the dialogue going. It makes me think, and it keeps me on my toes, so it’s good.”

The three previous ‘Transformers’ movies starring Shia LaBeouf, who declined to return to the fourth film, grossed over $2.67 billion (£1.7 billion) collectively at the box office worldwide.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction, is out in the UK on July 5.