The Back to the Future cast, or at least three of them, are getting together again. The Back to the Future cast duo of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd went everywhere in 2015, reminding people of the future revealed in the 2015 setting of 1989’s Back to the Future II. But at next month’s Silicon Valley Comic Con they are reuniting again, this time with another co-star from the film series, Lea Thompson, who played mother to Marty McFly.
The Silicon Valley Comic Con will host an event featuring the three cast members during the convention’s inaugural year. The Con will run from March 18 to 20. The Back to the Future portion will take place on March 19, with photo opportunities, a panel, and autograph sessions scheduled.
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The Back to the Future trilogy was such a huge hit that it never left popular culture. These movies made ideas about time travel something tangible, exciting, and even very cool, and in an accessible way. The movie’s impact was strong. The first Back to the Future came out in 1985. Ronald Reagan, who was president at the time, was a super fan, and kept a personal copy of Back to the Future at the White House for his private viewing, even mentioning a line from the movie in a presidential speech.
Since 2015, the movie series and the cast has made quite a resurgence in popular culture. The quest to make hoverboards hasn’t ended. There have been many attempts to bring Back to the Future II‘s unique floating skateboards to life, even though the unsafe, electronic, rolling devices known as hoverboards today are not even close to what the movie imagined.
The phenomena of Comic Cons have combined with Silicon Valley sensibilities to give birth to a new sort of Comic Con, one with tech influences. Tech legend and festival organizer Steve Wozniak told the San Jose Mercury News why he wanted this.
“When I was growing up, it was hard to be a geek. It definitely wasn’t cool, and that wasn’t easy. I’m happy things have changed because now people are able to be proud of being geeks and being different. Silicon Valley Comic Con will be an event where fans of all kinds can celebrate the Age of the Geek.”
The Silicon Valley Comic Con supplants the WonderCon, which left the San Francisco Bay Area for other parts of California a couple of years back, and absorbs into its schedule the Big Wow! ComicFest, which normally takes place in San Jose anyway. Travelling comics show Wizard World will still come to San Jose, but later in the year.
Doc Brown actor Christopher Lloyd released a statement to Entertainment Weekly about why he’s looking forward to the festivities.
“I wanted to be a part of Silicon Valley Comic Con because for me this show highlights what the Valley has meant to science, technology, and innovation.”
This convention is a little different. It’s not just because it takes place in the heart tech, but it’s also the result of a collaboration between Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak and Marvel Comics co-founder Stan Lee.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 3, 2016
Since their Back to the Future days, the three reuniting cast members have had much success. Michael J. Fox hit it big with his Spin City TV show before his semi-retirement due to Parkinson’s disease, though he’s still getting roles. Christopher Lloyd has been involved in numerous TV and film projects, and his acting work is praised by awards committees. Lea Thompson has also been active and involved in great projects. But of course, they are most remembered for Back to the Future.
It will be a surprise if more Back to the Future cast members make an appearance, as the others are either too famous or not famous enough. But this trio is most iconic of the series.
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