Why Does Marty Hang Out With Doc Brown Anyway?

Ever wonder why Marty McFly was friends with Doc Brown in Back to the Future? It’s a question that crossed the minds of _flossy folks Brett Savage and Jason English, which they posed to readers of mentalfloss. None other than Back to the Future co-creator Bob Gale caught wind of the post and replied in kind with the full story:

Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m the horse — er, co-writer, co-creator): We never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this…

For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. when Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc.

And that’s the origin of their relationship.
— Bob Gale

And now you know the rest of the story.

[mentalfloss]

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7 Responses to Why Does Marty Hang Out With Doc Brown Anyway?

  1. I think Marty hung out with Doc because of the flaw in time travel, Time Repeats itself over and over. it's one of the many flaws with time traveling. Not in the sense he already knew he would be traveling back in time etc. But the simple feeling of he was suppose to be there with doc brown. Doc already knew marty was going to time travel when he met him again in the second movie back in the past. So doc played a major part of them being together as well. Otherwise the things that happened wouldn't have happened and marty wouldn't have exsisted.

  2. That is awesome to know. Now can someone please explain the huge flaw in Back to the Future II?

    1. Doc/Marty/Jennifer go to the future.

    2. Old Biff steals time machine to go back in time to give young Biff the almanac.

    3. Old Biff returns to the same 2015 future that Doc/Marty/Jennifer went to in step 1.

    4. Doc/Marty/Jennifer go back to present time to find it’s altered to a Biff empowered society.

    5. Doc/Marty can not go back to the 2015 future because it would be the Biff empowered 2015.

    HOW..Please tell me HOW in the world did Old Biff get back to the non-Biff empowered 2015?

    By the description in the movie of why Doc/Marty could not go back to the good 2015, Old Biff should not have been able to either.

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