New Cloverfield movie will drop on Netflix right after the Super Bowl: Watch the trailer

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Feb 4, 2018, 7:38 PM EST

The new Cloverfield movie is titled The Cloverfield Paradox and will explore why the strange monster attacked New York City in the first place. Both title and plot details were relayed by a Super Bowl ad. More than that, the entire movie will be available on Netflix after the game. That's some Beyoncé-level publicity right there!

Given J.J. Abrams' penchant for secrecy and viral marketing, we know almost nothing about this movie, and that's not an exaggeration. All we gleaned from an early synopsis was that the movie, originally titled God Particle, would focus on a group of astronauts on an international space station who are trapped in space when a particle accelerator causes the Earth to disappear.

However, it seems they could be abandoning that plot (or at least parts of it) in order to give us a proper prequel story. Even so, this could have been the plan all along, and we only had half the story. After the release of 10 Cloverfield Lane, fans of the franchise were upset that the "sequel" didn't have much connection to the first movie. The Cloverfield Paradox could be a direct answer to that.

The film may involve Slusho!, a fictional Japanese soft drink made with a special nectar from deep within the ocean. It was harvested by the Tagruato company, whose actions to acquire the substance awakened the monster, which was slumbering beneath the waves. Nevertheless, Bad Robot is still sticking with the original space-related synopsis: 

In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival.

The Cloverfield Paradox was directed by Julius Onah and will arrive on Netflix right after the game. It was written by Oren Uziel and stars Daniel Brühl, Roger Davies, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo, and Zhang Ziyi.