Knowing J.J. Abrams, we’re thinking this was probably intentional.
A good part of the fun of the Cloverfield movies is the fan theorizing that the ARG is very much designed to bring out, and you’d be hard pressed to find fans of any franchise that are more invested in their fav franchise than fans of all things Cloverfield. They’re borderline obsessive about the whole thing, and I know this because I am one of them.
It’s this wonderful obsession that resulted in Reddit user DubC-Ent discovering something mighty compelling about Cloverfield and The Cloverfield Paradox.
As we recently laid out with the help of a handy chart, the gist of the universe is that the events of the future-set Cloverfield Particle ripped holes in space-time, spilling out otherworldly monsters in different worlds and at different points in time. In other words, the Shepard directly caused the events of both Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane.
So what did DubC-Ent discover, you ask? Well, as it turns out, the Shepard opens up the dimension-hopping rift at 18 minutes, 20 seconds into The Cloverfield Paradox, which is exactly the same point in time that the monster begins his destruction in Cloverfield!
Explained by Reddit’s CamCam3947:
- 18:20 in Paradox is when they run the Shepard and it causes the incident transporting them through dimensions
- 18:20 in Cloverfield is when the first noises are heard and the lights go out at Rob’s party.
Yes, if you sync up Cloverfield and The Cloverfield Paradox, the movies interact with one another, highlighting that one film’s events directly cause the other’s!
Mind you, this *could* all be unintentional, but it’s a crazy little treat regardless…