Buzzfeed Examines Marty McFly-Doc Brown

Marty McFly-Doc Brown Friendship

None of the Back to the Future movies established how Marty McFly and Doc Brown became friends. Brown is a retired scientist, and McFly is a “cool” high school kid with a handsome girlfriend. So, their friendship seems unlikely without some sort of explanation. For some reason, nobody questioned the relationship between the two. McFly’s girlfriend never complained that he was spending too much time hanging out with the funny old man; And, she didn’t vehemently complain about him not spending enough time with her… “at the lake.” She did, though, make it known that he did owe her some quality time in Poundtown, USA.

Bob Gale, who co-wrote and co-created the Back to the Future trilogy offered an explanation, but this information was never put into the films. He described the history of the duo’s friendship in 2011 as such:

“For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So being a red-blooded 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.”

Right. And Doc Brown wasn’t angry with McFly for breaking into his lab. I guess that is believable, seeing as how nobody else in town wanted Brown around.

I’ve never been one who thought too hard about why things are in movies. I usually accept things as “just because” when it comes to movies — it’s a good policy. When you’re a fan of horror movies (like I am), you learn to not question what is going on; Some things just are, and that’s all there is to it.

With all of that being said, the buzzfeed video is still a decent look back at the trilogy with some quirky theories about what was really going on in their universe.