37 years after the film’s release, 1980s legends Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd have reunited at the 2022 New York Comic Con (NYCC)—fulfilling the Back to the Future fandom’s wildest fantasies and causing everyone on the internet to lose themselves in a nostalgic fever dream.
Michael J. Fox (who played Marty Mcfly) and Christopher Lloyd (Dr Emmett Brown aka ‘Doc’) collectively helped create one of the most popular film franchises of the 20th century. Back to the Future thrilled audiences with its comedic script, hoverboards, time-travel and, of course, luminescent 80s outfits that inspired an entire generation.
Understandably, these films have a pretty die-hard fandom, whose love and adoration has yet to dwindle despite the films having been released over almost four decades ago. It appears, however, to have all been worth it. On 8 October 2022, the NYCC welcomed two of the film’s most iconic characters for a heart-warming reunion in front of fans—and, as predicted, the internet lapped it up.
Fox and Lloyd hadn’t made a public appearance together since they featured on a special Jimmy Kimmel Live! sketch in 2015, therefore their in-person meeting at this year’s Comic Con was a truly special occasion.
Fox, 61, made his way onto the stage and treated the audience to an air guitar version of a Marty McFly iconic moment. He was then joined by Lloyd, 83, on the centre of the stage—where the pair hugged and sat down together to answer a series of questions.
Twitter was almost immediately inundated with posts from fans, both at the talk and at home, gushing about the two sci-fi legends. One user tweeted a clip of the pair hugging and captioned it, “Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd reunited at Comic Con is all the wholesome content you need on a Sunday.” Another fan wrote, “This iconic duo from Back to the Future, always in my heart.”
During the convention, some fans were made aware of Fox’s Parkinson’s disease. Despite the actor having been diagnosed all the way back in 1991, many members of the public seemingly didn’t understand the extent of his condition, or that he had been diagnosed at all.
In November 2021, Fox spoke with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) about his diagnosis and how he came to terms with having Parkinson’s. The actor stated, “Some days are a struggle. Some days are more difficult than others. But the disease is this thing that’s attached to my life—it isn’t the driver. And because I have assets, I have access to things others don’t. I wouldn’t begin to compare my experience to that of a working guy who gets Parkinson’s and has to quit his job and find a new way to live. So, I’m really lucky.”
Since his condition developed, Fox has created the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through funded research.
Fox’s wife, Tracy Pollen, has also praised her husband’s ability to remain positive throughout any challenges he might face. “I sometimes underestimate the power of his optimism, but time and again, I’ve seen him use it to blast his way back,” she stated.
The actor himself concluded: “People sometimes say that a relative or a parent or a friend died of Parkinson’s. You don’t die of Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s, because once you have it, you have it for life—until we can remedy that, and we’re working hard at it.”
First rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about the stuffed teddy bears in fight club—wait that’s not right, is it? Well, it is for one dynamic daddy-daughter duo who have managed to make movie magic with their recreations of iconic film scenes. Introducing photographer Alex Zane and his daughter plus soon-to-be-star Matilda, because if you haven’t heard of them by now you certainly won’t want to miss out.
Zane, combining his skills as a dad and a camera pro, needed an outlet to keep himself and his little darling busy during the height of quarantine. With lockdown madness in full swing, Zane sparked the genius idea to recreate some iconic film moments with Matilda, who is the star of the show in all of these pictures—enjoying the glitz and glamour of photoshoots along with her stuffed animal friends. For Bored Panda, Zane edited his daughter into the widely recognised scenes with her toys and the images adapted as part of a child’s universe.
It looks like Zane and Matilda have not only cracked the code on how to kill pandemic boredom but they’ve also managed to make iconic movie scenes even cooler than the originals. Let’s have a look at them now, shall we?
Now, I’m not a tough guy looking for a mean brawl battle in an underground fighting ring, but Matilda sure has Tyler’s curious face down to a T in this picture.
I was surprised to see The Truman Show here, since it’s a film that made me personally paranoid for a good four months after watching it. The classic, starring Jim Carrey as an oblivious Truman, is iconic in its own right. This recreation of the stair scene is picture-perfect, guys.
Ah, the eccentric Addams Family—one of my favourite cast of characters to ever grace the silver screen with all their cooky and quirky mishaps. Though I wish I didn’t feel like Wednesday on a good day, I think Matilda nailed this one.
Well, hello Clarice. It seems like the duo have done it again, but I’m not too sure what’s more unnerving: Hannibal Lecter in the original film or the floating Ken doll and male Barbie heads pasted in the background—I think they might have just outdone Anthony Hopkins.
The Christmas movie which tops all Christmas movies, Home Alone spawned a franchise of holiday films and catapulted the career of Macaulay Culkin. I can practically hear that ever-so-famous scream through my screen with this photo.
Speaking on the costuming to Bored Panda, Zane admitted that it was a joint family effort. “My wife helps with hair and makeup and the sets take about two weeks to build—give or take—depending on the scene. My mother-in-law is great with sewing so she’s tailored a ridiculous amount of costumes for this. It’s truly a family project,” the photographer shared. Which seems to have worked out perfectly because that leather jacket is spot-on, almost too good to be true… Red pill or blue, anyone?
Another dynamic duo for the ages, Thelma and Louise, were the original girlboss queens—taking the world for themselves and literally riding off into the sunset together (though it was off a cliff). Hand-in-hand with her teddy bear, this picture is spot-on for accuracy too—and I mean, no one’s got your back like your plushies do, right?
Zane has also shared the difficult process of organising and taking these pictures. ”It’s tough as I have no talent as a photographer, have no equipment, lack props, and Matilda’s attention can only be stretched so far even with the promise of an awesome LOL Doll,” he told Bored Panda. However, I think this Shutter Island image is an amazing recreation.
Jay Gatsby, is that you?
“We look for scenes that are iconic enough that people will instantly recognise them but don’t require too much ‘acting’ from Matilda, or too much preparation on my part,” Zane explained, and it seems to be working. Just look at this Superbad remake.
Oh, the hair…
You definitely can’t tell who’s who if you squint here.
Netflix’s hit TV-takeover is also on this list, with Matilda recreating our beloved Sandy B as Malorie rowing down the stream trying to avoid the deadly danger awaiting once she opens her eyes.
Who doesn’t love a bit of good ol’ Christmas cheer? Well, Zane and Matilda have got you covered as she’s the spitting image of Will Ferrell’s character ‘Buddy’ in this picture. Zane shared that his daughter’s favourite Christmas movie is Gremlins because of this project. “She brought the finished photos into the show and tell this year and it was my proudest moment,” he said.
Now this one features an actual teddy bear and Matilda’s could be Ted’s twin, if you ask me.
Nostalgic and fun, this shot only proves that I need to update my super boring wardrobe with some 80’s statement overalls to step up my fashion game.
For a movie that horrified me for that particular scene towards the end, Matilda easily fits in as 127 Hours’ Aron Ralston. That rock looks mighty heavy though…
At last, my musical lover’s heart is fulfilled. Tell me more, tell me more, Matilda.