New Fan Theory Suggests That Marty McFly's Parents Knew He Was A Time-Traveller


Back to the Future¬†is one of those franchises that I’m constantly surprised hasn’t been remade yet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful that it hasn’t but with the money-grabbing morals of Hollywood, you would have thought they’d milk that cash cow for everything it yields.

The first instalment of the trilogy came out in 1985 to rave reviews. Everyone loved it and rightly so. 32 years later and it still holds up as well as it ever did and it shows no signs of ageing. With everyone still having time for the time-travelling duo that is Marty McFly and Doc Brown, it was only a matter of time before the generation that refuses to take things at face value started coming up with fan theories.

Reddit user djbred18 is the culprit for the latest theory, claiming that Marty’s parents were fully aware of their son being a time-traveller when he returned to 1985…

So I was just watching Back to the Future part one and I realized that at the end of the movie when Marty looks at his truck and is talking to Jennifer he glances back at his parents in the door, and they give him a nod and smile and turn and walk away. WHAT IF Marty’s parents remembered/realised exactly who he was and bought him that truck as a sort of way of saying thank you?


It is such a weird scene to have in the movie otherwise. Yes you could argue that they were smiling and giving him privacy because they approve of Jennifer and his relationship with her and wanted to see his reaction to the truck.

But to me it makes more sense that they were like…”Our son looks just like that kid who disappeared from school without ever being seen again. Oh and that kid knew the song Johnny B Good, Darth Vader and Vulcan before they ever came out. The kicker for the mom would have been the first time she saw a Calvin Klein ad on a billboard!”

I think those nuggets of future wisdom helped them piece it all together. I mean they had a 30 years to figure it out! And of course they couldn’t say anything to him about it because they were smart enough to know that any mention of the events could potentially harm what happened. So they played it smart, didn’t say anything and instead bought him a truck as a thank you.


Why else would they have bought him a vehicle and not his siblings? Keep in mind his brother was going to borrow the BMW to get to work. There you have it. Marty’s parents weren’t as ignorant to what happened as many have have thought. The proof is in that knowing smile they share in the doorway…’Marty, I like that name.’

On top of that, George McFly was a sci-fi writer and should be fairly familiar with the concept of time-travelling so you’d assume he’d put two and two together, especially considering when Marty said something like “when you’re son burns the carpet, go easy on him” and then, presumably, it happened years later.

It all makes sense now…

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