Cloverfield was released in 2008 by filmmaker Matt Reeves. The found-footage monster film, which follows a group of New York citizens during a monstrous invasion, was a critical success and spawned a (kind of) sequel. The series as a whole is about monsters from other dimensions invading Earth for many decades as a result of an experiment conducted by an astronaut crew aboard the Cloverfield Station in deep space. Each video shows the reality-altering consequences of their research, which was intended to discover a new energy source to supplement the planet’s depleting resources, but instead opened portals for attack by different deep-space monsters.
The Cloverfield films are a bit ridiculous. While the films are all part of the same series, they are more akin to anthologies with just a tenuous connection. Each of the Cloverfield sequels began as distinct, stand-alone tales before being branded with the Cloverfield name and included in the franchise. As a result, there was a total distortion of the scene, which was compensated for by the most recent film, The Cloverfield Paradox. Before I lose you all over, stick around as I explain to you the best order to watch the Cloverfield movies and explain how they are connected.
Cloverfield movies in order at a glance
To date, there are three Cloverfield movies. The Cloverfield movies are as follows:
- Cloverfield (2008)
- 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
- The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
Cloverfield 4 is now officially under production, with J.J. Abrams as producer. Matt Reeves is not expected to be involved with the project, but someone connected to him is expected to write it. It will not be long until it is made available.
Cloverfield Movies in Order and how are they Connected
Cloverfield is nothing if not unconventional, and The Cloverfield Paradox weaves some intriguing threads between the prior flicks. In other words, time travel, and The Cloverfield Paradox’s titular phenomena, the three films may be more linked than previously believed. Let us begin by examining each film individually:
1. Cloverfield (2008)
The original Cloverfield takes place on May 22, 2008, and follows Robert as he celebrates his last day in New York City before relocating to Japan for a new career. However, a loud explosion and the appearance of an enormous scaly, and gangly monster will suddenly stop the celebrations, as New York City falls apart and the Statue of Liberty is beheaded.
As the reptile monster decimates Manhattan, a daring rescue mission for Beth starts, all documented via the lens of a hand-held camera amid mayhem and devastation. Finally, where did this ruthless invader originate, and most importantly, is there a possibility of survival? As they explore, they go on a journey deep into the streets of New York, desperate to rescue Rob’s, real love.
Cloverfield was first promoted via a two-minute teaser trailer that did not include the film’s title but did provide the release date: 01-18-08. (referring to January 18, 2008). The viral marketing effort includes the creation of MySpace profiles for fictitious people, unusually tight secrecy around the film’s storyline, and the creation of websites for phony businesses referenced in the film.
2. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
The events of 10 Cloverfield Lane take place around March 7, 2016, eight years after the New York City catastrophe. You will follow Michelle’s story in this film. Michelle is involved in a vehicle accident in the film’s opening moments. Michelle is ultimately rescued by a guy called Howard. Michelle regains consciousness after her vehicle is hit by a large truck as she flees a dead-end romance and her birthplace of New Orleans. She is mysteriously tied to the cinder-block wall of enigmatic Howard’s subterranean bunker.
The grizzled survivalist asserts that he rescued Michelle not only from the apparent automobile accident but also from an imperceptible airborne poisonous danger that made the air unbreathable and the land uninhabitable. Is Howard speaking the truth, or is this enigmatic—or even hypothetical—danger a front for something much more sinister?
At first sight, it seems as if there is no connection between this film and the last one, other than the hazy notion that they are placed in the same Universe. Surprisingly, 10 Cloverfield Lane was initially not intended to be a Cloverfield film! The film was originally titled The Cellar. This began to alter in the final several months when the film’s marketing began. Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane do occur in distinct periods. This is not to say that they do not connect. Thus, how do these films relate to one another? The Cloverfield Paradox provides the solution.
3. The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
Cloverfield Paradox, the newest film, is set in the year 2028! The film begins with an interview with an author aired on the news. If you look closely at the lady doing the interview, you will see that she is the same woman who portrayed the girl pleading to enter the bunker in 10 Cloverfield Lane! This is the point at which the connection is made. Mark Stambler discusses in detail how a botched particle accelerator experiment resulted in utter pandemonium during the conversation. He asserts that it has the potential to summon monsters, demons, and creatures from the water!
As the Earth’s finite resources continue to dwindle and a terrifying energy crisis threatens to hurl the world into a new dark age of devastation and unrest, a glimmer of hope rests in a tiny team of scientists aboard the Cloverfield Station in space. The highly experimental Sherpard particle accelerator is a machine that has the potential to either rescue mankind or tears holes in the fabric of reality—and soon, odd events caused by inexplicable faults will give rise to startling revelations. Who is capable of wielding the unfathomable powers that have been recklessly unleashed?
How are the monsters connected if the events occur for 20 years!? To return to Mark Stambler’s interview, he says that waves in space and time impact, not just the present, but also the past and future!
Thus, there are many possible explanations here, but the most plausible is that we have been seeing three distinct Earths in three distinct alternative worlds. The accelerator may have sent a monster to the current Earth in 2028, as well as to another Earth in another timeline in 2008. The accelerator also transports aliens to the third Earth in 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Thus, The Cloverfield Paradox is the catalyst for everything that occurs in the subsequent Cloverfield films.
Do you have to watch Cloverfield movies in order?
While you are not required to see the films in chronological sequence, I would suggest either watching them in their regular release order or reversed release order. Thus, the Cloverfield Paradox must come last or first, but not in between.
Is overlord a Cloverfield film?
Overlord is the next science fiction picture from J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot, although unlike other recent films of the same genre, it is not a Cloverfield film. As with prior Cloverfield endeavors, Overlord was born quietly. It was a low-budget science-fiction film by Bad Robot that Paramount acquired, created with a pool of emerging talent, and then languished in limbo awaiting an uncertain, distant release. Thus, despite numerous hints to the contrary, it was not connected to the Cloverfield films’ rampaging sea monsters, alien invasions, and space station catastrophes. Abrams has said that this is not the case, with Avery confirming (via IGN) that this was never the intention. Cloverfield thrives on secrecy, and prior films’ titles have often altered post-production, but this was not the case with Overlord.