This year's New York Comic Con was full of exciting announcements and sneak peeks into upcoming releases. However, not everything at the convention celebrated what was happening next; there was another special event that celebrated an iconic piece of cinema from the mid-1980s. Canadian American actor Michael J. Fox reunited with American actor Christopher Lloyd in a special Back to the Future reunion, celebrating the immensely popular trilogy of movies.
Fox skyrocketed to fame for his performance as Marty McFly, the 17-year-old teenager who accidentally traveled back in time to the 1950s; and Lloyd played the eccentric scientist “Doc” Brown, responsible for building the time machine. Thirty-seven years after the release of the first film in 1985, both of the stars reunited in front of a crowd of overjoyed fans. Fox walked out first, the symptoms of his Parkinson's disease clear for the audience to see, and Lloyd joined him just a few moments later with an affectionate hug. The two were greeted by a standing ovation.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease—a progressive disease that affects the brain and body—in 1991 when the actor was just 29. Although the illness has worsened over the years, he has been open about the struggles and remained positive about his life. Lloyd has been a source of support for Fox throughout the process—a testament to their close friendship. “Parkinson’s is the gift that keeps on taking—but it’s a gift, and I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Fox said. “People like Chris have been there a lot for me, and so many of you have. It’s not about what I have, it’s about what I’ve been given—the voice to get this done, and help people out.” Fox's foundation The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to funding research on Parkinson's Disease and improving the quality of life for those who have it.
You can see more videos and clips of Fox and Lloyd's special reunion below.
Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd reunited at New York Comic Con.
Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.
This iconic duo from Back to the Future, always in my heart ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3F3reyOOjy
— Julien 🎮 (@MajorDcps) October 9, 2022
Michael J. Fox, who has been living with Parkinson's disease since he was 29, was embraced by his fellow actor.
Pretty brave for Michael J Fox to attend Back to the Future reunion. Took guts to show his true level of illness. 👍😎
— Omnicentrist 💉 MicroChip🆔️1984 (@Omnicentrist) October 10, 2022
Everyone present at the reunion gave them a standing ovation, and people around the world have been celebrating online.
32 years after “Back to the Future 3,” Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd appear at Comic Con in New York.
— Mike (@Doranimated) October 9, 2022
If you were a teenager in 1985, then Michael J. Fox was your guy. Marty McFly in Back to the Future is the coolest teenager in cinema history.
Watching him hug Christopher Lloyd like this is so beautiful. #BackToTheFuture #MichaelJFox pic.twitter.com/sniP95YE1J
— The Sting (@TSting18) October 9, 2022