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I am thinking of one of the following three comics characters

Hellboy

Captain Marvel

Spiderman

You can ask me one question starting with

"Does the character you are thinking of ___?"

I can then answer (truthfully :)

YES

NO

Or just stay silent which means I am not sure or do not know

No sneaking in multiple questions by adding "and" "or" etc. Just one simple question.

Assume I have read these comics.

I do understand there could be several answers

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the aim here to find one question that (on its own) identifies which character you're thinking of? $\endgroup$ – Somebody Apr 9 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ With the 3 possible responses given $\endgroup$ – DEEM Apr 9 at 21:25
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I could ask:

...appear in a Marvel comic?

Reasoning:

Spiderman is indeed a Marvel comic, so yes.

Hellboy is a Dark Horse Comic, so no.

Captain Marvel is complicated because there are both DC and Marvel characters of that name and you don't know which one I'm thinking of, so not sure.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good thinking. +1 My answer is a little different $\endgroup$ – DEEM Apr 10 at 13:08
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Does the character you are thinking of...

...appear in the upcoming film Avengers: Endgame?

- Hellboy - No. The Hellboy character belongs to a different company altogether.
- Captain Marvel - Yes. This has been confirmed and the character can be seen in recent trailers.
- Spider-Man - Unsure. It's been speculated that Spider-Man could have some role in the upcoming film, despite (mumble mumble, no spoilers here). However, the character isn't included in the trailers, the film's poster or other advertising material as far as I can tell.

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Modifying @Tahel's answer:

Is the character a former human?


YES: Spiderman's DNA was changed so he is no longer truly human.


NO: Hellboy is and always has been a demon.


UNSURE: Captain Marvel originally was a human who gained her powers via an alien device (still human), then they changed comics to make her mother Kree so she is half-human (never full human), and finally in the movie they made her merge with a Kree so her DNA changed (former human). Hard to answer with a simple yes or no!

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In this case I would ask:

Does the character you are thinking of exist as a male human being?

explanation:

Hellboy-He is a demon educated from infancy to do good deeds-If so in this case the answer would be no.


Captain Marvel-She is a human being but a female - in this case the answer will stay silent which means I am not sure or do not know.


Spiderman-He is a male human being and in this case the answer will be yes.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hmm. Great. Getting closer. Good thinking $\endgroup$ – DEEM Apr 10 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ The answer to your question for Captain Marvel is pretty unambiguously "No" - why would the respondent have any doubt about how to answer? $\endgroup$ – Rubio Apr 10 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ There is no doubt that she is a human being but there is a doubt on the gender of human being,so the answer would be silence. $\endgroup$ – Tahel Apr 10 at 20:06
  • $\begingroup$ I don't understand. For sure there's doubt about some human beings' gender (e.g., if you see them only from a distance), but why is there any in the case of Captain Marvel, a fictional character explicitly said to be female? (Personally I'd say "no" for all of them, though, because none of them actually exists.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 10 at 21:24
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan WHAT??! Spiderman, for sure, exists. Totally. I've seen him! $\endgroup$ – Rubio Apr 10 at 22:29

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