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How 'The Cloverfield Paradox' Connects With the Other 'Cloverfield' Movies

How 'The Cloverfield Paradox' Connects With the Other 'Cloverfield' Movies
From Slashfilm - February 5, 2018

Paramount and Netflix surprised the world when they released The Cloverfield Paradox immediately after the Super Bowl last night. Now that weve seen the movie, whatCloverfield Paradox connections are lurking in the film that link it to the rest of the Clover-verse? Lets find out.

24 hours ago, we didnt even know the title of this movie, let alone when wed see a trailer. Today, many of us have already watched the completed final product. It was a bold and surprising move in an industry that increasingly avoids doing anything bold or surprising, and thats worthy of praise. Now, lets explore how The Cloverfield Paradox connects to the other movies.

The Clover-verse

When I spoke with director Dan Trachtenberg during the press rounds for 10 Cloverfield Lane back in 2016, he made sure to clarify that his movie was not on the same timeline as Matt Reeves 2008 Cloverfield. Since The Cloverfield Paradoxtakes place in 2028, it appears that this sequel is also on a separate timeline. But lets dive into the connections between the movies, starting with a big one.

Warning: spoilers for every Cloverfield movie are coming up.

Clover

The alien in the original movie, affectionally nicknamed Clover, might not be the samecreature that pops up briefly inThe Cloverfield Paradox, but its certainly the same species. Just before Michael Hamilton (Roger Davies) finds Molly (Clover Nee) in the rubble of a destroyed building, he sees a huge creature stepping away in the shadows in the top left of this frame. It has the same distinct walk as the creature from the 2008 movie:

Its almost impossible to detect in a screenshot, but if you watch the movie, you can see the creature move through the smoke.

The films final moments make the connection even more explicit when a giant creature with a very familiar head bursts above the cloud line to roar just before the movie cuts to black:

Heres my question: is this version of Clover actually much larger than the one first seen in 2008s Cloverfield? This creature emerges in the foreground after the space capsule falls through the clouds in the deep distance, which implies that this thing is huge. But without any buildings or landmarks around, its impossible to tell if this is a larger version of Clover than the one weve already seen.

Slusho!

Slusho! should be a familiar name for those whove been following the Cloverfield movies from the beginning. Its a drink brand that Cloverfield protagonist Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) was planning to work for. That movie featured a going-away party for Rob, who had accepted a job at Slusho! and was preparing to move to Japan to start there.

Slusho! appears very briefly in one shot during The Cloverfield Paradox, as part of the spaceship equivalent of hanging dice from a rearview mirror.

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