Deadpool has raised the bar for superhero films and most of it is thanks, in no small part, to its stunning action sequences. Of course, Ryan Reynolds couldn’t do everything, his superhuman abilities aren’t that super. Therefore, a talented VFX team was essential in putting the icing on the cake. Enter Atomic Fiction, the VFX powerhouse whose incredible work is also featured in films such as Looper and Star Trek Into Darkness and given exceptional attention in Deadpool’s behind-the-scenes featurette.

The video takes viewers on a step-by-step breakdown of the effects in the film’s opening action-packed highway scene. Believe it or not, no Suburbans, motorcycles, or murderous henchmen were harmed in the making of Deadpool. Everything from the city environment, the car chase, and the combat is broken down in epic detail. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers; in fact, if you have seen any of the trailers, much of the footage will look familiar.

Here’s the breakdown description for the video from Atomic Fiction’s Vimeo page:

“Deadpool” marks the beginning of a new era for superhero films, and one sequence in particular was key to setting the tone. This is an in-depth VFX breakdown reel showcasing the behind-the-scenes efforts by the Atomic Fiction team. The work involved creating computer generated characters, vehicles, and an entire urban environment, for the thrilling car chase that kicks off this new franchise!

Special thanks to Tim Miller, Jonathan Rothbart, our friends at Blur, and 20th Century Fox for the opportunity to contribute to these sequences.

Music Credit: Deadpool (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Now that we’ve gotten a behind-the-scenes look at the effort that goes into making just one extended action sequence, the question arises of how long it took the team to put this video together. Their dedication is admirable.

Deadpool is in theaters now, for those of you who aren’t one of the millions of people that helped garner the film over $700 million in revenue.