Yay! These are great feelings to have!
My experience with other stories is that the true storyform becomes more clear with some distance (since your story-mind remembers the structure better than the storytelling.
That’s usually how it works. I had similar experiences with Doubt and Moonlight.
Only Doubt took eight years to see correctly LOL
Trust me, after all this I want to give it a ZERO out of 5
the inequity has to do with innocents dying as a result of super heroic activities in general. In this sense, Zemo has every reason to be motivated by this, but of course character motivations aren't what we're talking about here.
Unless I’m misunderstanding you, from a Dramatica point of view we are talking about character motivations. The initial inequity carries with it motivations towards or away resolution. I agree that Zemo is motivated by this to Pursue a course of action that brings the Avengers down.
The attempt to frame Bucky doesn't have any logical connection to breaking up the Avengers (or solving the inequity in some other way) as it's at least as likely to produce the opposite result even if everything went according to plan.
This is where we might see it different—I think framing Bucky is designed to pit the Avengers against one another—particularly Cap and Iron Man—so that they’ll end up trying to kill each other. He knows he can’t revenge for his family’s death on his own, so why not have them kill each other?
I think your list of insanity is all the steps he takes to get those two in a room where they will end up killing each other.
They are functionally distinct from one another, linked solely by Zemo saying, "Well, I'm pissed about my dead family so I decided to do this completely other thing and bust up a nice friendship between Steve and Tony."
I may be totally missing something here, but I got the impression he did all this so they would try and kill one another. Didn’t he even say something about how all these super soldiers would’ve been no much for them anyways, that the only way to get revenge was to have them kill each other?
is it remotely possible that Steve and Tony hand-off the MC throughline? Thus, although they seem opposed in the story, they're actually both stuck in problems in the same domain
Maybe...it would be super annoying since they’re on opposite sides. But you’d still have to make more of a case for Steve’s personal Throughline—from just the film.
I remember the funeral—that could work. And wasnt her daughter hot? I got the impression he was going to do something with her...and then there’s the tender goodbye with Bucky—but were there any other personal moments?
Also, the inequity with his super old girlfriend dead...did they even explore that personally?
These would be the kind of things that would make up a Main Character personal Throughline. “Saving Bucky” is all part of the OS. You’d need something a little extra...