What Did Back to the Future II Get Right and Wrong?

By Ethan Robinson


Through Doc Brown’s DeLorean time-machine, Marty McFly suddenly finds himself on the day October 21, 2015; the Future!



First released in 1985, the Back to the Future trilogy is well-known and beloved for being a classic in American cinema.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, who would also direct Forrest Gump, the story follows Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, who is accidentally sent into the past by his friend, Doctor Emmett Brown, portrayed by Christopher Lloyd. The whole trilogy follows this storyline, where both reap the consequences of changing time.

In Back to the Future II, Marty McFly is transported to the future. Well, it turns out that last month’s October 21 was the actual date when Marty’s arrival was portrayed in the movie. Fans all over the country and the world celebrated this day almost like a holiday, and many movie theaters held screenings of the entire trilogy in tribute.

As you watch Back to the Future II, you see that during the entire course of the movie, the film makes wild and fanciful assertions of what the futuristic 2015 will be like. It’s now 2015, and it is very fascinating to see what life was once assumed to be like in the not-so-distant future… but it’s also just as disappointing.

So what exactly did Back to the Future II predict right and wrong about our present lives?


Things Predicted Wrong

-Hoverboards; there are prototypes but none are mass-produced and none work as well as a skateboard.

-Self-drying jackets

-Robotic gas stations

-Flying cars

-Fax machines and phone booths still being widely used

-Food hydrators

-Weird skater-punk fashion

-The Cubs winning the 2015 world series. They beat Miami, as predicted, but did not win in October. But according to Las Vegas baseball odds makers, the Cubs are actually at the top of the most possible list as winners of the 2016 world series.


Things Predicted Right

-The iconic self-tying shoes! Well the self-tying doesn’t work but the shoes are made as a replica.


-Video communication (skype-like)

– Flat screen tv’s

-Biometrics, scanning of fingerprints and eyes

-Bearable, interactive tech, like google glass and Apple watches

Ah right! And 50 years ago, the Hill Valley Clocktower was struck.

Some information included gathered by Susanna Kim of ABC News


Nike sent a pair of self-lacing sneakers to Michael J. Fox Wednesday to mark the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived in the future -- October 21, 2015 -- in "Back to the Future II."
Nike sent Michael J. Fox their first pair of self-tying shoes. The company plans to auction additional pairs of the shoes in 2016 to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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