'Avengers' stars apologize after sexist joke

Story highlights

  • Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner get in hot water after a joke made about "Avengers" character Black Widow
  • Renner called Scarlett Johansson's character a "slut" and Evans referred to her as a "whore"
  • The actors issued an apology on Thursday

(CNN)Another controversy has erupted from the press tour for the soon-to-be-blockbuster Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

After Robert Downey Jr. walked out on an interview, his co-stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner found themselves in hot water Wednesday over comments they made in a similar junket interview.
When asked by Digital Spy about the character Black Widow's flirtations with the other superheroes, Renner responded "She's a slut," and Evans, laughing, added that she is a "complete whore."
    Joking or not, fans on social media didn't take it lightly.
    By Thursday, both actors apologized. CNN obtained a statement from Renner saying, "I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone. It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour."
    Evans also released a statement: "Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America. We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize."
    Many on social media accepted his apology, but thoughts on Renner were mixed.
    With one week left until its release, the "Avengers" might want to steer clear of controversy from here on out.