Disney has “canceled” plans to make an “all-black fantasy world” in the wake of the backlash against its recent whitewashing of the film Black Panther.
The news was first reported by Buzzfeed, which said Disney had cancelled a plan for the “Disney Black Panther” film.
In a statement, Disney said the company “had always planned to create an all-black Disney film universe, but due to the backlash, the story line is no longer in the plans”.
It said it was “working closely with producers to craft a story that honors the spirit of Black Panther as well as the film’s history”.
The news comes a week after Disney cancelled plans for a “Black Panther” reboot, which had been in the works since the 1990s.
Black Panther is the name of a African-American hero who was killed by the former King Bumi during the reign of the African-born leader.
It is the first of four Marvel films to feature black lead roles.
In recent years, Disney has been criticised for casting actors of colour to lead the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is predominantly made up of white men.
Disney, which has a “black-centric” approach to film production and distribution, has been criticized for whitewashes, with critics calling it a form of censorship.
The company has made a number of controversial films in the past, including the Oscar-winning Black Panther, the first black superhero film to be made.