The Cloverfield film franchise started in 2008, combining “found footage” film techniques with horror and sci-fi in a refreshing way. After eight years in a cinematic hiatus, the series came back with 10 Cloverfield Lane and another tie into the universe with this year’s Cloverfield Paradox.
The question has always come up regarding what brings all of these movies together into a cohesive “Cloververse,” and some fans have reportedly found a link between the latest entry into the franchise, combining story elements with the first movie.
According to BloodyDisgusting, a Reddit user by the name DubC-Ent points out similarities in timing between Cloverfield, and its younger sibling, Cloverfield Paradox by syncing up the footage of both films and playing them side-by-side at the point where everything starts going awry. At 18:20, in both movies, the power outage at Rob’s party and Manhattan explosion coincide precisely when the Shepard particle accelerator begins to glitch out on the Cloverfield Space Station.
Both of these simultaneous events take place in different dimensions, but due to the aliens having the abilities to traverse through all manner of time and space (with the help of the accelerator), it would make sense that every parallel version of Earth would experience the same horrific sightings.
Another Redditor named “___Ghost___” managed to put together the side-by-side footage of both moments, showing how elaborately planned they seemed to fans of the Cloververse. However, J.J. Abrams was quick to say that these scenes syncing up were not intentional whatsoever in a Facebook Q&A, saying “No. It was a bizarre coincidence.”
Directed by Julius Onah, The Cloverfield Paradox is now streaming on Netflix.