Just as the title asks; does Stan Lee have any creative control over his characters?
Case in point: I was watching Iron Man 3 (2013) last night and was curious about the comic origin of The Mandarin. So I looked it up online and discovered that, as his name might indicate, he was from China (as "Mandarin" is the name of the Chinese language). Now, I get that terrorism is a hot topic these days, so having a terrorist be the "beard" for Killian sorta makes sense. However, The Mandarin in the comics was apparently a really powerful character and a central foe of Iron Man, and in the movie his name doesn't even make sense! The Mandarin is from the Middle East??
Does Stan Lee have the capability to say to writers, "No, you've gone too far off the mark with that", or has he lost complete control of how his characters are used?