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Ziyi Zhang, Daniel Bruhl in The Cloverfield Paradox (Image via Netflix)

This cool Cloverfield Easter egg wasn't even on purpose

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Feb 9, 2018, 7:54 PM EST (Updated)

Got two screens, some free time, and a healthy appreciation of the Cloverfield universe? If so, you may be able to duplicate this neat anti-Easter egg that some of the series' fans recently discovered and shared on Reddit.

Apparently, if you fire up both the original Cloverfield and The Cloverfield Paradox and let them run in sync, serendipity unfolds as thunderous phenomena in each of the films jump to life at exactly the same time.

Reddit user DubC-Ent discovered the coincidence, leading another Reddit user, ____Ghost_____ , to create a side-by-side playback clip that shows just how perfectly aligned the parallel moments are.

In the original Cloverfield, the monster-earthquake that signals the start of all the alien creature chaos occurs at exactly the same moment as Paradox’s system-overloading particle accelerator comes to life, tearing open a dimensional rift that sends the crew of astronauts to an alternate dimension.

It’s a jolting moment with character reactions that precisely line up in each film, and it’s easy to believe that it’s something Paradox’s creators meant to do. But, producer J.J. Abrams confessed to fans in a recent Facebook Live Q&A that — while really cool — the whole thing is nothing more than a “bizarre coincidence.”

For fans, though, it’s a coincidence that fits neatly alongside all the rest of the series’ offbeat shoutouts and buzz-creating marketing stunts. No one — not even the movie’s cast — knew the title of The Cloverfield Paradox until hours before the movie’s trailer debuted during Super Bowl LLII. And the shock announcement that the movie would be available for streaming on Netflix immediately following the game took everybody by surprise.

More geeky, serendipitous discoveries may yet await. Abrams has already teased the fourth Cloverfield movie, known for now as Overlord, for an October 2018 release back on the big screen. And in the meantime, you can still catch The Cloverfield Paradox right now on Netflix.

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