I finally got to see Captain America 3: Civil War. It was okay. I liked the first two movies better.
Just like the second movie, it jumps ahead in time a few years and assumes you're already caught up with what's going on in superhero world. I'm not, because Captain America is the only Marvel superhero series I've seen. So I spent the start of the film, wondering who all the new characters were. I also wondered what happened with all the stuff from the previous film, like Hydra, the guy with the eyepatch and Black Widow. (It took me way too long to realize that Black Widow is in this movie. She just changed her hair color, and she's no longer Cap's main confidant. I wonder why they drifted apart.)
The story is that Captain America and the new superheroes are stopping terrorists from getting chemical weapons. A big fight scene ensues, and buildings are destroyed. That's pretty typical in superhero world, but this time, everyone is shocked that innocent bystanders were hurt. So the United Nations decides to set up an international superhero oversight committee, which is heavy and restrictive. They don't go into too much detail about this, but I'm betting our heroes have to fill out paperwork every time they use their powers, ever. "You used super speed to cut ahead in line at the mall? That's be a $10,000 fine!"
Someone bombs the United Nations before they ratify the superhero treaty, and the culprit has framed Bucky Barnes, Captain America's best friend. There's a big fight scene, where Bucky is attacked. Cap and his friends try to help Bucky escape, but they all get captured, arrested, and sent to some kind of superhero jail that Iron Man and the United Nations set up. I'm guessing Iron Man is the leader of the Avengers? He's kind of grumpy and mean in this movie. He and Captain America argue for a bit.
In the background of everything, a shadowy Russian villain is murdering people. He's trying to get a special code book, he's got bombs, and he's looking into a project from 20 years ago. In my opinion, this was the weakest part of the film. They kept cutting to scenes of this guy, and for the life of us, Katie and I couldn't figure out what he was doing or why. Obviously, they wanted to keep the audience in suspense by not explaining everything, but it just ended up being confusing.
Russian Villain poses as a psychologist in the superhero jail, and he reads the code book to Bucky. Bucky becomes hypnotized and turns evil. He breaks out of superhero jail, while all the superheroes fight to stop him. Again, Captain America decides to side with Bucky, instead of the world police. So they're both fugitives now. Together, they discover the truth: Bucky is one of 20 supervillains the Russians created/brainwashed. The Russian villain is trying to get the others and control them. Oh no!
Iron Man sets up a team of superheroes to stop Captain America. Captain America sets up his own superhero squad. Instead of talking through things like normal people would, they have a long, extensive fight with a lot of CGI and "Spider-Man is a nerd" jokes. It was pretty exciting, although it obviously would have been better if I knew who half of these characters were, and what their superpowers are. I liked it, but Katie thinks the fight scenes are "too Mortal Kombat".
Only Captain America, Bucky and Iron Man make it through the fight, because they're the main characters. Iron Man does some research and learns all about the Russian villain brainwashing scheme. He really should have done that earlier, instead of jumping to conclusions. Of course, Bucky and Cap never saying a word to defend themselves didn't help, but still.
They all reach the Russian compound, where they learn that the 20 supervillains all died decades ago. That's when the evil villain reveals his trump card: video footage from 20 years ago. The movie intends the audience to instantly recognize it, but Katie and I had to look this up on the Internet to understand what was going on. It's a video of Iron Man's parents being killed by the brainwashed Bucky! Faster than you can say "Martha", Iron Man flies into a fit of rage and beats up Bucky. There's an extended three-way fight with our heroes, and Captain America is the only one left standing at the end.
The movie ends on a downer note, as all of Captain America's friends are in jail, and Iron Man is still the grumpy guy in charge. Cap sends Iron Man a letter, saying that he's going to disappear for a while, but he's not opposed to helping out in the next Avengers movie.
I'm told that there will not be a Captain America 4, so this will be the last I'll see of this character. That's kind of sad.
Oh, and I forgot to mention! There's a short subplot, where Captain America gets his second-ever girlfriend! She's the niece of his girlfriend from the 1940's. That was creepy. There were also subplots with the two superheroes I've never seen before: the red guy and the teenager with out of control magic powers. Those flew over my head completely.
Overall, the movie was okay. The action scenes were nice, but the story needed some work. I would have preferred more interpersonal drama. You know, more of Iron Man and Captain America arguing and debating each other, not just hitting each other. Also, it would have helped if Captain America ever stopped and explained what was going on, instead of running away and becoming a fugitive. That just made him look super guilty. I've never been a fan of movies, when people don't bother to explain obvious things, just so there can be a misunderstanding to move the plot along.