The Marty McFly and Doc Brown backstory is one of the great mysteries of cinema. How did these two ever become friends in the first place? If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, read on because Back to the Future co-creator Bob Gale has an answer:
Okay, from the horse’s mouth (yes, I’m the horse — er, co-writer, co-creator): We never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this… For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc’s lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. when Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc. And that’s the origin of their relationship.
— Bob Gale
Not all that thrilling really—though it’s better than my assumption that Doc Brown was a teacher of Marty’s at one point.
(via Mental Floss)