We are three Cloverfield films in so far, and the series is still something of an enigma. We were given some long-awaited answers in The Cloverfield Paradox— regarding the origin of the adorable “Clovie” — but there are still plenty of questions to be answered regarding the universe that all three films are set in. For example, are all of these characters sharing the same reality, or do they exist in separate ones? If all of these stories are taking place (more of less) in the same reality, will we ever see the main characters cross paths?
Producer J.J. Abrams recently held a Facebook Q&A, and a question came up regarding the possibility of a team-up film set in the Cloverfield universe. This was his response:
“We’ve talked about versions of things. 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?’ You start to think of ‘what ifs.’ 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.”
The Cloverfield Paradox received an ultra-surprise release on Netflix directly following Super Bowl LII. Unfortunately, the film was not a hit with critics, and only fared slightly better with fans, with most viewing it as the worst of the franchise so far. Even so, the film had some great performances, and it could be interesting to see them appear alongside characters from previous movies.
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The Cloverfield Paradox has absolutely no idea what it wants to be, suffering from an identity crisis from beginning to end. It’s not a monster movie, it’s not a character study of a diverse group working together to accomplish a scientific goal that could potentially bring about world peace, it’s not straight-up horror (the terrifying bits do seem inspired by Alien which is pleasant to report), and it’s not a time paradox mind-bender; it’s all of the above and fails at them all. It’s such a shame for this wonderfully talented and diverse cast. The only question left is who will despise The Cloverfield Paradox more; fans of the franchise or those turning it on seeking some sci-fi escapism. At the very least, it remains mildly entertaining all the way through as the characters routinely face peril without fear of killing anyone off.