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– April 23, 2019 – Pop culture

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  • What Marvel movies should you definitely see before Avengers : Endgame?

Do you have to have seen all the MCU movies to enjoy Avengers : Endgame, which comes out Wednesday, April 24th in theatres? Luckily, no. We’re taking stock.

For ten years, Marvel has meticulously built a film empire, with the Avengers films as its high point. Since 2008, no less than 21 feature films have been released, which might scare those who would like to get on the train after shivering at the trailer of Avengers: Endgame, the blockbuster that concludes the chapter (but will not sign the end of superheroes in movies) this Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

21 films is far too many screenings to plan and too many free hours to find to catch up. Don’t panic, we saw everything! After previewing Avengers: Endgame this 23rd of April, Numerama is thus able to draw up a list of the essential elements to understand the stakes ofAvengers: Endgame. And from a list of 21, we fall to only 8 films to see absolutely, plus possibly 4 to consider.

Let’s keep in mind that this is not a balance sheet of the best productions integrated into the MCU, but simply those that we consider to be really linked to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, or the imponderables

First of all, let’s recall the plan of Thanos, the great villain ofAvengers. It consists of gathering 6 hyper-powerful artifacts – the Stone of Space, the Stone of Time, the Stone of Spirit, the Stone of Power, the Stone of Reality, and the Stone of Soul – to have enough power to wipe out half of the galaxy’s population in the blink of an eye. During all these years, Marvel and Disney had fun to disperse them until the meetingAvengers: Infinity War. In short, each film that evokes one or more of them is very important for finding one’s way around.

We can consider that the core of the Avengers is articulated around a trio : Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. Each of them has had several adventures in their name but not all of them need to be seen to appreciate the MCU at its true value. However, introductory films are essential to understand the personality of superheroes. In this sense, the feature films Iron Man , Thor and Captain America: First Avengerprovide a good understanding of the origin of leaders – in addition to laying some important foundations (example: the Tesseract or the Space Stone). The Incredible Hulk has been deliberately excluded for an obvious reason of consistency, as Edward Norton decided to leave the green giant’s costume to Mark Ruffalo.

Still in this notion of installation, it seems impossible to miss Doctor Strange , a secondary but very important character (he is linked to the Stones of Infinity), and the recreational Guardians of the Galaxy (not only for the link between Thanos and Gamora, but also for the evocation of the Stone of Power). Although far removed from the issues involved in the last two Avengers, Captain America: Civil War , on the other hand, is a great opportunity to introduce other heroes without having to watch their own movies (Black Panther, Spider-Man, Ant-Man).

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Avengers: Infinity War // Source: Marvel

Four films with important details

You’d think that watching Avengers and Avengers: The Ultron Era is a necessity. That’s not exactly true of number two. If the first city is essential as a base for the rest (Loki, Thanos’ henchman, Iron Man’s trauma), the second is not as important as one might think. Only snag? He makes Vision appear for the first time, a robot created from the Stone of the Spirit (coveted by Thanos). In the same vein, in Thor: The Dark World, the evil one uses the Stone of Reality to harm Thor. On a completely different note, the last minutes of the film Ant-Man and the Wasp should not be missed. These three blockbusters are dilemmas: some crucial arcs appear in them.

If you don’t think you have time to view them, here are the details to remember (attention, spoilers):

  • In Thor: The World of Darkness, the Asgardians, already in possession of the Stone of Space, decide to entrust The Stone of Reality to the Collector so that there are not two gems in the same place;
  • In Avengers: The Ultron Era, the Vision character is created from the artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. and the Stone of the Spirit;
  • In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ant-Man, absent in Avengers : Infinity War escapes the Thanos genocide but is trapped in a universe smaller than the microscopic.

More anecdotal, we can add that Thor loses his eye in Thor: Ragnarok and that his ship is attacked by Thanos in the post-generic scene (we don’t see much but we can guess from the opening sequence ofAvengers: Infinity War).

For his part, if he does not revolutionize the MCU, Captain Marvel is important in the sense that he introduces a character who could have a decisive role to play in the ultimate battle. After all, it’s Captain Marvel who’s summoned to the post-generic scene of Avengers: Infinity War. Would she be the last hope?

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Screenshot of the Avengers trailer: Infinity War by Marvel Studios. YouTube.

Filling

As you can see, you don’t have to see all the MCU movies to appreciate the main arc, the battle between Thanos and the Avengers. The films that have not been mentioned will serve more to entertain the audience and explore the mythology set up by Marvel and Disney, a kind of appetizer – of sometimes questionable quality – before the big feast.

We summarize:

Film title Is it necessary to see it?
Iron Man (2008) Yes
The Incredible Hulk (2008) No
Iron Man 2 (2010) No
Thor (2011) Yes
Captain America: First Avenger (2011) Yes
Avengers (2012) Yes
Iron Man 3 (2013) No
Thor: The World of Darkness (2013) Bof
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) No
The Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Yes
Avengers: The Ultron Era (2015) Bof
Ant-Man (2015) No
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Yes
Doctor Strange (2016) Yes
The Guardians of Galaxy 2 (2017) No
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) No
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) No
Black Panther (2018) No
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Yes
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Bof
Captain Marvel (2019) Bof

Article originally published on 13 December 2018

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Julien Cadot – April 23, 2019 – Tech

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  • GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti : Nvidia promises gaming laptops for 800 €.

Nvidia seeks to make life more enjoyable for players without having to pay exorbitant sums of money. Playing laptops based on GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti cards meet these specifications.

When Nvidia launched its reference design Max-Q, we knew we were facing a major breakthrough in the gamer laptop market. Once thick, heavy and aggressive looking, laptops have become thin and rather quiet while maintaining comfortable power. In 2019, Nvidia has refined the concept and these gaming machines are now giving way tolaptopsannounced at 800 € capable of running the most played games of the moment without blinking an eye.

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These computers make one promise to customers: maximize SPF and overall graphics quality in the smallest and quietest format possible. They are based on the exceptional price/performance ratio of the 16XX cards, a kind of hybrid between the 10XX generation and the high-end RTX 20XX by Nvidia. They are based on the latest generation of Turing architecture, but set aside the components involved in real-time ray tracing in maximum quality. They are therefore now the best choice for entry-level and mid-range upgrades, especially sinceray tracing compatible games are not yet available on the fingers of your hand.

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Nvidia’s promises // Source: Nvidia

In gaming computers, these cards will promise up to 100 frames per second on Fortnite, PUBG or Apex : Legends (1660 Ti) and up to 60 frames per second on the same games for 1650 card based models. They’ll do fine on recent titles that require more resources, but can afford to play on the display frequency. On the brand side, you will of course have to turn to thegamingranges of the manufacturers to find models with one or the other of the cards, but according to the first visuals, some models are rather sober.

Nvidia has announced computers starting around 800 € for 1650 models and around 1 000 € for 1660 Ti models. We regret that at the launch, the American manufacturer’s partners did not offer their best assets: acomputer with a floor price and another one a little more muscular at a reasonable price. On the digital stalls of cyber-resellers, you can find the cheapest 16XX computer at €899, in a thick format. Perhaps the most interesting configuration level is to be found at Asus. We will have to wait for future declinations for these GPUs to make sense, but Nvidia has already announced more than 80 partners, including Acer, Dell, Gigabyte, MSI and Samsung.

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One hardware update // Source: Nvidia