Since 2008, fans have held burning questions about the monster-flick Cloverfield and the destruction of New York at the claws of the film’s giant, spider-like monster. The 2016 sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane, then brought even more head-scratching moments to the fore with signs of a full-on alien invasion of Earth. While The Cloverfield Paradox appears to have answered some of these questions — mostly focusing on the origins of the creatures in the previous movies — you can bet your bottom dollar that the mysterious nature of things will be explored in depth in Overlord, the fourth chapter in the franchise overseen by J.J. Abrams.
The next film, directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) and slated for release late this year, will reportedly focus on a couple of American paratroopers in World War II. While hunting Nazis around D-Day, the pair will realize that Hitler’s troops are using supernatural forces to strengthen their cause and win the war. At first glance, this may seem a bit outside of the sci-fi sandbox that Cloverfield movies are built on, but Paradox actually sets up the avenue for Overlord to venture into such supernatural territory. More so, it explains how the next sequel can be set in the past.
Paradox slowly creates possibilities about exploring the supernatural realm by revealing that its space crew, after a successful particle acceleration experiment aboard the Shepard satellite, carves open a doorway to alternate dimensions. This is what led to the monster arriving in New York in the original Cloverfield film, and the UFOs attacking the planet in its sequel, an event which drove refugees to Houston. What’s most notable is that these dangerous repercussions were predicted in Paradox early on by Mark Stambler (Donal Logue), a conspiracy theorist who writes books on the aftermath of multiple dimensions colliding due to such risky scientific experiments.
Speaking to the media and knocking the Shepard’s mission, Stambler says “That accelerator is 1000 times more powerful than any ever built. Every time they test it, they risk ripping open the membrane of space-time, smashing together multiple dimensions, shattering reality, and not just on that station – everywhere. This experiment could unleash chaos, the likes of which we have never seen. Monsters, demons, beasts from the sea.” This signals that a rift could also be created allowing not just alien dimensions, but supernatural ones and their entities to bleed over into Earth.
Stambler also indicates that with the fabric of space and time now being ripped, the consequences could trickle down across the entire timestream. In his explanation, he states that such creatures could cross over “…not just here and now… In the past. In the future. In other dimensions.” So while previous stories within the Cloverfield universe have been set in modern day society, we now have an out for the franchise to visit the past (or any time period, for that matter) and have otherworldly creatures unleashed there. Basically, Paradox opened the door for any entity to appear on any Earth, at any time, well and truly reshaping the Cloverfield multiverse as a mainstream one that could venture into all areas of sci-fi and horror in the form of period pieces.
Now streaming on Netflix, directed by Julius Onah, written by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung, and produced by J. J. Abram, The Cloverfield Paradox stars Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo, and Zhang Ziyi.
Overlord, directed by Julius Avery, is slated for release in late 2018. Written by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith, it stars Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker, Jovan Adepo, Bokeem Woodbine and Pilou Asbæk. J. J. Abrams is serving as a producer through his Bad Robot Productions banner with Lindsey Weber.
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