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(Warning - if you haven't yet seen the first season Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil, then the following contains some pretty major SPOILERS. Proceed with whatever level of caution your natural SPOILER-aversion dictates. Also, feel free to go watch it right now. It's awesome. Don't worry, we'll wait...)

Now, there's a whole lot to love about Daredevil, Marvel and Netflix's dark and gritty first collaboration in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Between subtly-drawn and faithfully-adapted characters and a magnificently engaging plot, it quickly found its way to the top of many viewers' list of favorites. There was, however, another key factor in that widespread popularity:

Daredevil's Action Sequences Kicked a Whole Lot of Ass

However, while the likes of that hallway scene (above) and the fantastically experimental rotating camerawork in one particular car-set scene may have drawn a lot of the plaudits, there was another battle - one spanning an entire episode - that was just as impressive in its audacity.

Specifically, the one in which we saw Daredevil take on the villainous Nobu in an epic and bloody melee, from which Matt Murdock was lucky to escape alive.

Intriguingly, though, it turns out that:

That Fight Sequence Was Hiding a Pretty Big Secret

Specifically, one you can see in this here video below (the fight scene itself runs first, but the breakdown begins around the 3:26 mark...):

Yup, that's right:

That Sequence Was Pretty Much All (Seemlessly) CGI-ed

Which...actually makes a whole lot of sense when you think about it. I mean, that shoge hook blade looked super dangerous, and had Charlie Cox - aka Daredevil - ended up horribly gored by it, it would've probably severely weakened our chances of seeing (the forthcoming) Daredevil season 2.

That, though, doesn't in any way lessen just how impressive the CGI work is - which again makes a whole lot of sense, seeing as that whole breakdown video was just released by the good folks over at Shade VFX as a result of their being nominated for an Emmy for 'Outstanding Special Visual Effects'.

Which, it seems to me, is more than well-deserved...

What do you reckon, though?



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