As everyone already knows, we unfortunately don’t have flying cars, hover boards or re-hydrated pizza as predicted in Back to the Future II.
But as this fan theory suggests, maybe there’s a reason for it.
Doc Brown originally invented the time machine as a way to explore and bring enlightenment to mankind, but after several barely averted disasters, he came to realize mankind just wasn’t ready for time travel.
Time travel is simply too dangerous in the wrong hands.
So, he gave Marty McFly strict instructions to ensure the Delorean was destroyed. Luckily that was easily accomplished.
However, we know that Doc Brown was still travelling the Time-Space byways, because of his final farewell to Marty in the new Time Train. This is where we meet his two sons, Jules and Verne, who’s age indicate that Doc Brown did not return to 1985 for a number of years after Marty left 1885.
What do you suspect Doc Brown and the Brown family have been doing in the intervening years? Have they withdrawn to some idyllic time to live out the rest of their lives in peace and relaxation?
Or, instead, have they been systematically pinpointing and sabotaging any technological advances that may eventually lead to the discovery of time travel by humanity at large, in an effort to protect us from destroying ourselves?
And perhaps what we see in our modern world is really just the ripple effects of their efforts, which have stunted scientific progress in certain areas for the last 30 years.
This is the real reason why our 2015 doesn’t look like the world Marty McFly traveled to.
Somewhere in the past, the timeline skewed into this tangent, creating an alternate 2015, a world with no flying cars, no Cubs World Series winners and most tragically of all, no hover boards.
Great Scott! A 2015 where the precursor technologies to time travel have not yet been invented.
What do you think? Does this fan theory hold water, or should it make like a tree and get out of here?