Back To The Future: The Case of the Two Martys

Charles Does

Charles is a fanatical film geek known for his horror knowledge and an unhealthy obsession with Back to the Future. Currently living in Dallas, TX he has worked with Texas Frightmare Weekend for many years. He is a fan of all music genres - especially film scores and has an avid love for travel. He incorporates his love for film into his travels by visiting as many film locations as possible. Charles can be found on Flickchart as Headshot68 or over at Twitter and Facebook.

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16 Responses

  1. Brian Wilson Brian Wilson says:

    Don’t even get me started on 2015 Biff going to 1955 with the sports almanac, but manages to come back to his 2015 and not the Gambling Biff’s new 2015

    • Charles Does says:

      The time moves in ripples, so when Biff comes back it has not have caught up yet. In the “Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy” it was explained that Lorraine shot Biff in the 90’s and he was being erased from the timeline. So when he stumbles out in pain and collapses over he is in the process of disappearing. By the time Doc and Marty take off the area around them could already have changed as well. HiIldale may be similar in appearance in 2015B

    • Tony Stubblefield says:

      Perhaps the reason 2015 Biff was able to come back to his 2015 was due to the fact that Doc and Marty A were still there. Perhaps they being there out of time act like a place holder keeping the time-stream from correcting itself.

    • Charles Does says:

      I like where you’re going Tony!

  2. Nigel Druitt says:

    This may fall into the category of “overthinking it” – something the creators of such movies would be loathe for one to do – but I am impressed nonetheless.

    I look forward to such future analysis.

  3. Doinkmilll says:

    I assumed it was because doc/Marty restored the time stream in 55 therefore leaving 2015 as it was in original timeline

  4. Matthew says:

    “Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Whiney…stuff” -The Doctor

  5. Anonymous says:

    Or how about it was just a movie, written for entertainment during an Era where we didn’t think things through to a logical conclusion before the movie was made….just enjoy it!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very confusing. I thought I was bad counting the DeLoreans in 1955 (as many as 4!).

  7. Chris G says:

    The thing that has always puzzled me is that George and Lorraine met Marty (Calvin Klein) in 1955. Helping them before he was sent back to the future. Surely then the new improved George and Lorraine – after George punched out Biff in 1955 – in the new 1985 would be looking at their kid growing up and marvel at the fact that he looks exactly like Calvin Klein who they met in 1955!

  8. Lance Bakore says:

    If you follow the “un-caused event” hypothesis, then the two Marty’s front different time streams existing in the same time and plane of existence works out. When Marty B makes the jump, leaving Marty A behind on the hill, Marty B either: A) ceases to exist and time flows onwards in a single linear fashion or B) on a different time stream Marty B becomes the equivalent of Marty A and a new Marty (Marty C) becomes the stand in for Marty B. The Everett/Moody theory of space and temporal dimensions explains it with much greater ease.

  9. hindr says:

    If Marty A goes back to 1955 and creates timeline B with Marty B, and Marty B (who has a successful mother and father) goes back to 1955, would Marty B have anything to change? He might be a better listener than Marty A for the simple fact that he was raised better.

    Now on to my other thought. If Marty A goes back to 1955 and creates timeline B then Marty B goes back to 1955 and does change things to his own liking that would create timeline C. Then Marty C would go back to 1955 and so on and so on creating a stream of never ending timelines and Martys. Eventually, by my thinking, there would be millions of different Martys running to Lone Pine Mall to save Doc Brown.

    Then, at the end of Back to the Future 3, Marty A would not be back on timeline B but another completely different timeline created by whichever timeline ripple he falls into.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Go watch Primer if you really want to go crazy over thinking time travel.