Netflix surprised the world by releasing a brand-new Cloverfield movie after the Super Bowl based on just one commercial, and the surprises keep on coming. While The Cloverfield Paradox helps tie together the previous two films (even in an extremely tenuous way), it almost had a special crossover cameo that would bring them even closer, said producer J.J. Abrams during a live Facebook Q&A last week.
“We’ve talked about versions of things,” Abrams noted. “When we did 10 Cloverfield Lane, we were thinking Michelle – the character Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays – it’s such a sort of weird origin story of this kind of incredibly, I think, awesome heroine. The idea of following her story is really cool. And then at one point, we were like, ‘You know what would be really cool? What if they crossed paths with Gugu [Mbatha-Raw]’s character Ava?'"
How this meeting would have worked opens up a million more questions. Would they have met in space or on Earth? If they would meet on Earth, which reality would it be, the one where Ava lost her children or the one where she didn't? Last we saw Michelle, she was driving off toward a bunch of alien ships to help survivors in Houston.
The issues of timelines, realities, and alternate dimensions are wonky, but Paradox helps explain the otherworldly invaders in 10 Cloverfield Lane, even if it has more to do with the first Cloverfield. The mishap with the Shepard particle accelerator ripped open a dimensional rift, which is why aliens are suddenly attacking out of the blue and giant, hideous monsters are destroying everything in their wake.
“You start to think of ‘what ifs,’” Abrams pressed on. “And I think the bigger ideas that we’ve had about where this thing goes haven’t necessarily been those ideas, but they’ve kind of been fun theoretical offshoots.”
But even with all these brain teasers, there's no getting around the fact that The Cloverfield Paradox was still a major failure in the eyes of fans, both on social media and Rotten Tomatoes. It wasn't even going to be a Cloverfield movie originally, which explains why it feels like such a different animal with Cloverfield elements somewhat tacked on. Still, if you were hoping for more answers in the fourth installment, you'll have to buy a ticket, because Overlord won't be dropping on Netflix.