Are We Ready To Talk About Those Bucky Plot Holes In ‘Captain America: Civil War’?

First things first: I loved Captain America: Civil War. It was probably the best Marvel movie to date, eclipsing even the slick spy thrills of The Winter Soldier, and it traded perfectly on years of character development across the MCU.


But that’s not to say it was perfect, and a couple of moments stuck out as being a hole in logic, questionable story developments, or just straight-up plot holes. A majority of these moments, coincidentally, involved Bucky Barnes. Let’s take a more in-depth look at how Bucky’s role in Civil War didn’t always make total sense.
Spoilers ahead, obviously, and if you have any debunks or can prove that these logic holes actually did hold up, I’d love to hear it in the comments.1. Little black bookSome books are more valuable than others. The one containing Bucky’s trigger words, written by the Soviets and used by Vasily Karpov to reactivate the Winter Soldier, is pretty valuable as books go. In essence, it’s a set of keys to the ultimate killing machine.

The Winter Soldier: serious trigger issues

The Winter Soldier: serious trigger issues

So… what happened to that book? Last we saw, Baron Zemo had got his vengeful hands on it, but after Zemo’s apprehension, who did the book pass to? I’d like to think it’s in safe hands – ie. Cap’s – but if Bucky’s lack of trust in himself not to be brainwashed all over again is so deep-rooted he feels the need to go back under, presumably the book is still out there. So, who has it?
2. We’re watching you…Perhaps less of a plot hole and more a deus ex-Machina, it seems remarkably convenient that the Winter Soldier just so happened to apprehend and kill Maria and Howard Stark in the one spot on an isolated country road that happened to have a security camera pointed down squarely on it.

Howard Stark's death, conveniently captured

Howard Stark’s death, conveniently captured

Security cameras weren’t even that commonplace in 1991 and, considering he immediately turned around and shot the camera, Bucky clearly knew it was there. Why not just shoot at it first? That said, even bringing this one up feels pedantic considering that the flashback sequences were some of the most exhilarating in the movie.
3. Never-ending circlesAlthough the overall arc of Civil War is massively satisfying, and it does somewhat resolve the central conflict between Tony and Steve, one detail renders the entire arc of the movie surprisingly stagnant: Bucky is never exonerated for the crimes committed whilst in Winter Soldier brainwash mode.He begins and ends the movie a fugitive, the only difference being that by the end, he’s dragged Team Cap down with him. It’s actually quite bleak. Maybe Cap just wanted another excuse to hang out with his old mate and reminisce about the good old days, and if that’s the case, I really can’t complain.


I’ll say it again: Civil War was a wild ride. Every movie has holes in logic, and I’ll happily take these ones for the chance to see the Winter Soldier tear up the big screen once again. With that in mind, I want to know:
Did you spot any major/amusing plot holes in Civil War?