The origins of and connections between the Cloverfield Monsters and Aliens

24 March 2023
A casual view of the film Cloverfield may have left the viewer confused about the origin and nature of the monster. The movie takes a found-footage approach, which adds to the chaos and confusion experienced by the characters and, by extension, the viewer. The monster's appearance is sudden and unexplained, and there is little information given about where it came from or what it is.

The film's marketing campaign deliberately kept the origins of the monster a secret, with producer J.J. Abrams stating that he wanted the film to feel as realistic as possible, and that if a monster were to attack in real life, the public would not immediately understand its origins. This intentional mystery surrounding the monster's origin left some viewers feeling frustrated and confused after seeing the film.

Only through the film's viral marketing campaign and additional materials, such as Cloverfield/Kishin, were more details about the monster's origins revealed. It was shown to be a deep-sea creature that had been disturbed from its slumber by Tagruato's submarines, and its growth was fueled by consuming Seabed's Nectar, a substance found on the ocean floor that caused increased cell division and growth. The creature's long lifespan and unknown evolutionary history further add to its enigmatic nature.

A casual viewing of Cloverfield would have left the viewer with little understanding of the monster's origins, as the film deliberately withheld this information to create a sense of chaos and confusion. It was only through additional materials and marketing campaigns that more information was made available to audiences.

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Here's some more detail that explains the creature's origins.

The monster in the film originated from the Atlantic Ocean, where it was awakened by Tagruato submarines sent down from Chuai Station to investigate. It is a deep-sea creature with an unknown evolutionary history that grew to its massive size by consuming large amounts of Seabed's Nectar, a natural steroid-like substance that causes increased cell division and growth. 

The creature is still an infant during the events of the film, despite being alive for thousands of years. At some point, the monster went into hibernation.

The monster's origins were only revealed in the film's viral marketing campaign, leaving some who have seen the film confused about where it really came from. It was later revealed that the object seen falling into the ocean at the end of the film was actually the Japanese government's ChimpanzIII satellite. Thus the ending of the film which shows Rob and Beth's trip to Coney Island riding on a Ferris wheel, with an indiscernible object falling from the sky into the ocean, unseen by them was a misdirect.

The monster was first discovered by one of Tagruato's marine biologists, Kazui Ichigawa. Tagruato later stole his laptop and files and killed him and his family while they were on vacation, covering the assassination up as the result of a gas explosion in their trailer. Later, they used this information to locate the monster and built the Chuai station over top of it, claiming falsely that they were drilling for oil there. Shortly before the rig was supposed to open, Tagruato sent several submarines from the station down six miles to the ocean floor to study the monster. This action disturbed the creature from its slumber, and in a fit of rage and fear, it destroyed the station and proceeded towards Manhattan...

 The whispered message after the credits states that the monster is still alive. However, J.J. Abrams states that the military bombing killed the creature.

But is all as it seems?

Is the sequel to Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane connected in anyway?

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The movie "10 Cloverfield Lane" is connected to the original "Cloverfield" in a thematic and storytelling sense, but it's not a direct sequel or continuation of the original story.

Or so it seems. 

The twist in "10 Cloverfield Lane" occurs when Michelle, the protagonist, finally escapes from Howard's bunker and finds out that the outside world is not what it seems. Throughout the movie, Howard Stamble has been telling Michelle that there has been a chemical attack and that the world is now uninhabitable. He claims that he has saved her life by bringing her into his underground bunker, and that she should be grateful for his protection.

However, once Michelle escapes the bunker and reaches the surface, she realizes that everything Howard has told her is a lie. There is no evidence of a chemical attack, indeed, she has to battle an alien create. As she finally drives away from the bunker, she witnesses a giant spaceship hovering in the sky, indicating that the world is actually being invaded by aliens.

The connections between the Cloverfield films are not related to the origin or nature of the monster itself. Rather, they are connected thematically and through their shared universe.

While the first film, Cloverfield, focuses on a monster attack in New York City, 10 Cloverfield Lane, is a psychological thriller set in an underground bunker, exploring themes of paranoia, isolation, and survival.

While the exact nature of the connections between the films is intentionally ambiguous, they are linked through subtle Easter eggs, such as shared company logos (Slusho) and an alien attack...

And then they decided to make a third film which upends all of the above...

How does the absolutely bonkers The Cloverfield Paradox connect to the first two Cloverfield movies?

cloverfield paradox monster

The Cloverfield Paradox is the third installment in the Cloverfield film series, and it connects to the first two movies in a unique way. 

The movie is set in space and follows a group of scientists on board the Cloverfield Station as they attempt to use a particle accelerator to solve the Earth's energy crisis. However, their experiment goes awry and causes them to be transported to a parallel dimension.

The movie then reveals that the experiment caused a ripple in the space-time continuum, which not only transported the scientists to a parallel dimension but also unleashed various monsters and creatures into their universe. This is where the connection to the first two movies comes in.

In the first Cloverfield movie, the monster that attacks New York City is never fully explained, and the audience is left to wonder where it came from (we know from above there was an apparent origin of the monster). In the second movie, 10 Cloverfield Lane, there are hints of an alien invasion, but it is never fully confirmed albeit we do see a murderous alien on the loose...

The Cloverfield Paradox reveals that the monsters and creatures that are unleashed in the scientists' universe are actually from other dimensions, and the ripple caused by their experiment brought them into their world. This means that the monster in the first movie and the potential aliens in the second movie could be a result of the same phenomenon.

In addition to this connection, The Cloverfield Paradox also features a character named Mark Stambler, who is a conspiracy theorist and author of a book called "The Cloverfield Paradox." He is the brother of Howard Stambler, one of the characters in 10 Cloverfield Lane. This link between the two movies suggests that the events of the second movie and the space-time continuum issues in the third movie are somehow connected.

Overall, The Cloverfield Paradox connects to the first two Cloverfield movies by revealing that the monsters and creatures that appear in all three movies are linked through a phenomenon that causes different dimensions to collide and interact with each other.


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