There was a lot of exciting news to break at this year’s San Diego Comic Con but to me the most interesting was the announcement of an IDW Back To The Future comic book signed off on by Bob Gale. Gale who was a co-writer of the movie (along with Robert Zemeckis) is one of the only people who could green light the project and over the years has been notoriously protective of the franchise. The stories will focus on gaps in the original trilogy and undiscussed backstory in the universe. Answering one of my favorite questions, how exactly did Doc and Marty meet? This sounds like the real deal. If you’re not sold yet, take a look at this recently solicited cover.
That just makes me giddy, but it’s only 1/4 of the entire thing. Behold the entire gatefold cover.
Is it October yet?
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Our density has popped us to you, Evil Geeks! This week Biff Tannen, C-Mart, Martian Luthor Kang, and Undies of Wondy talk with filmmaker Jason Aron, director of the upcoming documentary Back in Time, an INSANELY comprehensive look at the classic 80’s movie Back to the Future. If you’d like to help fund this ultimate insider look at the cultural phenomenon that the trilogy has become there’s still time to contribute to the films Kickstarter campaign here! Hope you enjoy the episode and be sure to help support this incredible film!
If my calculations are correct, you will receive this post immediately after you saw the post about C-3PO and R2-D2. First, let me assure you that I am alive and well. I’ve been living happily these past two days on November 17th.
Seriously though, this post seems to have somehow not published on the 15th as intended, but due to it’s subject matter it makes a fun coincidence. Enjoy a double dose today.
Also? I know what you’re thinking; Biff Tannen ought to be the one writing this article…
Well, listen. He’s off representing the Brotherhood of Evil Geeks at the International Villains Summit in beautiful Tokyo, Japan and is a bit too busy to sit at a desk clanking away at a keyboard about the nuances of a fictional friendship. I, on the other hand, have all the time in the world to examine the glory that is…
Marty McFly and Doc Brown
I’m not going to waste time explaining the typical dynamic of a High School Student/Mad Scientist friendship to you, I’m sure you’re all quite familiar with the…. oh, you’re not? Fair enough, then… let’s have a look.
There’s always those movies you care so much about, but you already know everything about them. So what do you do when you want to know more about a certain situation or a character that’s skimmed over and never elaborated on? You go to the internet of course or unlicensed books or possibly even sink to the level of reading fan fiction. Today I want to discuss something that’s plagued me for years. Just what is the back story between Doc Brown and Marty McFly in Back To The Future?
It’s never mentioned at all throughout the trilogy of movies. In what circumstances are we led to believe that a 16 year old high school student and a 50+ year old scientist meet and foster a friendship? Especially a scientist who Principal Strickland refers to as a “nutcase” and clearly thinks Marty is in danger of being corrupted. I need to so much more.
Did they meet at the Burger King next to Doc’s house? Did Marty hold Doc’s back bumper while skateboarding? Did Doc audition for Marty’s band the Pinheads? (he does have a guitar at his place, unless Marty keeps his instruments there). A little off topic, but what the hell is the point of an experiment to set all of your clocks back 20 minutes? So many unanswered questions. I need an origin story or a prequel about Doc set between 1955 and 1985 that covers all this ground and more. Hell I’d take a video game or even a graphic novel. Anything!
Another one that’s less significant that I’ve always been interested in comes from Raiders Of The Lost Ark. In the beginning after the famous scene where Indy evades the massive boulder and escapes the natives by diving into a river. He swims to a prop plane piloted by a friend (or employee) named Jock who is kind of reminiscent of Launch Pad from Duck Tales. Their banter suggests they are friendly and at least have some history with one another.
Why was he never seen or heard of again? Was Indy such a hard ass that he fired him because of his pet snake in the airplane? Apparently, he must have preferred commercial planes that produce a red dot on a map when you travel. Jock is another one of the movie mysteries that I’ve spent too much time wondering about through my childhood without any answers.
Leave us the back stories you wish you knew more about in the comments section.
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