WATCH: Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans Calls Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow a ‘Slut’ [UPDATE]

Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out
The actor storms out of an 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' interview.

As if Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t already experiencing some difficulties during its press tour, this video starring actors Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans surely will raise some eyebrows.

In n Digital Spy interview about fans’ desires to see Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow ending up with either of their characters — Hawkeye and Captain America respectively — instead of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, the two stars drops some seriously questionable (read: sexist and demeaning) language to describe their fellow Avenger.

“She’s a slut,” Renner says of Black Widow, before his co-star bursts into laughter.

“I was going to say something along that line,” Evans adds. “A complete whore.”

Though some may brush this blatant display of misogyny problematic behavior as just a joke, the bigger issue lies within that this is not the first time the Marvel movie and its marketers have accused of being sexist. In a recently-released extended teaser clip from the upcoming flick, Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man makes an offhand rape joke about “reinstituting prima nocta” should he become the ruler of Asgard.

Meanwhile, fans have also noticed that Black Widow, the only female in the main six Avengers ensemble, has also been glaringly omitted from a majority of the movie’s merchandise. Though Disney claims “Black Widow is a staple in the Marvel Universe with a robust consumer products program,” many find that the heroine only appears on products marketed towards females and is not included in most group shots.

All in favor of making gender inequality the next villain? Thanks.

UPDATE: Renner and Evans have since apologized for their comments in separate statements, reading:

“Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America,” Evans said. “We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize.”

“I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone,” Renner noted. “It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour.”