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Avengers star Jeremy Renner unapologetic about off-colour Black Widow comment

Actor Jeremy Renner refused to back down from disparaging comments he made about Scarlett Johansson’s Avengers character, Black Widow, on Monday's Conan.

'I got in a lot of internet trouble,' Renner told late night host Conan O'Brien

Cast member Jeremy Renner poses at the European premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actor refused to back down from disparaging comments he made about Avengers character Black Widow in a Monday night interview with Conan O'Brien. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

Jeremy Renner is standing by controversial comments he made during the Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour when he called Scarlett Johansson's character, Black Widow, a "slut".

Despite issuing an apology after fans accused him of being sexist, the actor refused to back down from his off-colour statement in an interview on Monday's Conan.

"I got in a lot of internet trouble," Renner told late night host Conan O'Brien of the reaction he received. "Mind you, I was talking about a fictional character, and fictional behaviour," he said. 

Renner, who plays Hawkeye in the blockbuster movie, also suggested that a male with the same romantic past as Black Widow should also be frowned upon too.

"Conan, if you slept with four of the six Avengers, no matter how much fun you had, you'd be a slut."

This photo provided by Disney/Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, in the film, Avengers: Age Of Ultron. (Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel/Associated Press)
Renner's comments weren't the only controversy to come from the lengthy Avengers: Age of Ultron promotional tour.  

Robert Downey Jr. made headlines for walking out of an interview with a Channel 4 News journalist who asked the Iron Man actor questions about his past troubles with drugs and alcohol.

Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk in the movie, put the heat on Marvel by expressing his personal disappointment with the lack of Black Widow merchandise turned out for the film.

Despite the controversies, the film took in a whopping $187.7 million US at the North American box office in its opening weekend, the second-biggest opening weekend ever.

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