WARNING: Spoilers for The Cloverfield Paradox are in play. If you haven't seen the film, head to the nearest parallel universe, and come back once you're current.
In the most Cloverfield move that the franchise could have pulled, Netflix's The Cloverfield Paradox went from trailer to release in a matter of hours. With the window between hype and payoff at its shortest ever, fans expected the third film in the loosely connected franchise to explain, as the trailer's teased, how the whole mess began. To a certain extent, the film did indeed give us a reason for why and how the Cloverfield universe happened.
However, the explanation is so subtle that the audience might have missed the answers for which they have been looking. It's bound to happen when your film is a non-stop exercise in momentum, especially when The Cloverfield Paradox mostly focuses on the events on the space station named in the title. Upon a closer look though, The Cloverfield Paradox has enough answers to show that the events of this film do indeed touch off the rest of the goings on in the Cloverfield universe. And we're about to share them with you, so let's get started by reviewing just what had happened at the end of the film.
How It Ended
After dispatching of the traitorous Jensen (Elizabeth Debicki), and transmitting the formula for a functioning Shepard Particle Accelerator, Ava (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Schmidt (Daniel Bruhl) get patched up and leave the now operational, but severely damaged, Cloverfield Station. Their capsule heads towards Earth, which is intercut with footage of Ava's husband, Michael, on the phone with a friend of his on the inside of Mission Control. He's given the news that she's heading back to Earth, and will splash down on the Delaware coast. Michael, upon hearing the news, freaks out, as this means that she's being allowed to come home to "those things." As he loses his mind, telling his friend not to let her come home, we then cut to the capsule re-entering our atmosphere. It disappears below the clouds, and for a moment everything is serene. That is soon disrupted in the film's final moments, which show a fully grown Cloverfield monster poking its head through the cloud cover, roaring in horrific fashion. The Cloverfield Paradox has officially been born.
What Is The Cloverfield Paradox?
Humanity can't say that it wasn't warned about the possibility of such monsters being unleashed upon the world. Much like the real-life Large Hadron Collider, there were people theorizing that one false move in the experiments conducted with such particle acceleration would have some rather adverse effects. In particular, Donal Logue's cameo as Professor Mark Stambler -- a figure active in The Cloverfield Paradox's viral marketing campaign -- promoted his book of the same name, which foretold such doom and gloom.
Professor Stambler was critical of what Tagruato was doing with their Cloverfield Energy Initiative - the force behind the creation and operation of Cloverfield Station, and more specifically, tried to warn the world that the Shepard particle accelerator shouldn't even be used. His main reason was that once the Shepard Particle Accelerator kicked into operation, there was a chance that "monsters, demons, and sea creatures" would be released through a rift in the space/time continuum. Even more ominously, he stated that this wouldn't only happen in the film's contemporary 2028 time period, but also throughout various points in time. Which leads us to just how Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane come into play. Read on!