All 3 ‘Cloverfield’ Movies in Order (& How They’re Connected)

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‘Cloververse’ is a movie and media franchise of science-fiction movies produced by J.J. Abrams. While the films are all part of the same series, they are more akin to anthologies with just a tenuous connection. Each ‘Cloverfield’ sequel began as a distinct, stand-alone tale before being branded with the Cloverfield name. What started as a unique idea for a found-footage monster film eventually ended up on heavy sci-fi with quantum mechanics added to the mix.

So far, ‘Cloververse’ has three installments, with a fourth one on the way, and we’re here to tell you how to watch all movies in order.

Editor’s Note: This watch order was updated in October 2023 and presents the most up-to-date state of the franchise.

All ‘Cloverfield’ movies in release date order

The franchise started in 2008, and it was initially imagined as a stand-alone movie, but through some clever writing and references, two additional movies were connected under the ‘Cloverfield’ umbrella. Can you imagine that ‘A Quiet Place’ was also almost added to the ‘Cloververse’ during development, but they decided to go with a standalone movie instead? In any case, here’s the release order of all movies in ‘Cloververse’ – so far.

  1. ‘Cloverfield’ (2008)
  2. ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ (2016)
  3. ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ (2018)

Are all ‘Cloverfield’ movies connected? What’s the best way to watch them?

All ‘Cloverfield’ movies are connected but through a narrative rather than continuing the story that was set during the previous movies. Each film is a standalone story, but they share a common theme of featuring mysterious and often destructive events, and the last movie ties them all together by answering the question: “Why?”

As for the best watch order, if you’re new to the franchise and aren’t really interested in the overall narrative and the symbolism behind it, it’s probably best that you watch them in release date order. If you are already familiar with the premise, then chronological order is best choice for you.

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All Cloverfield movies in chronological order

The first movie in the ‘Cloververse’ in terms of narrative is actually the last movie that serves both as a prequel and as a sequel to all other movies. This is due to the concept that was introduced in the movie that basically allows present, past, future, and other dimensions to merge, but more on that later. This is the chronological order of ‘Cloverfield’ movies.

  1. ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ (2018)
  2. ‘Cloverfield’ (2008)
  3. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

1. The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Cloverfield Movies in Order (And How Are They Connected)

As we’ve mentioned the sci-fi horror ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ takes place in 2028. The Earth is facing an energy crisis, and a group of international scientists on a space station attempts to solve it by using a particle accelerator known as the ‘Shepard.’ The goal is to create a new and unlimited energy source. However, when the experiment goes awry, the crew finds themselves in a parallel dimension.

As they try to understand what happened and find a way back home, strange and terrifying events unfold on the space station. They discover that the experiment has caused reality to merge with alternate dimensions, leading to bizarre occurrences and threatening the very fabric of space and time. Meanwhile, on Earth, a colossal creature (similar to the one in the original “Cloverfield” film) wreaks havoc in response to the disruptions caused by the experiment.

So, how is the movie connected to the previous movies? Well, the events that unfold heavily imply that what happened with the Shephard in the future affected the past and caused the monsters to appear on Earth. This is why ‘Cloverfield Paradox’ has its name and why it’s both a sequel and prequel, as it shows how events of the future can modify the past.

1. Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield Movies in Order (And How Are They Connected)

‘Cloverfield’ is a found-footage monster film that takes place 20 years before the events of the ‘Cloverfield Paradox’ but if you’ve followed our watch order to this point you should be aware of how the dimensions and different timelines have merged and what caused the monsters to appear. It follows a group of friends in New York City who are documenting a going-away party for one of their members, Rob. However, the celebration is abruptly interrupted when a massive monster attacks the city.

The friends, along with other survivors, navigate the chaotic and devastated streets of New York as they try to rescue another friend, Beth, who is trapped in her apartment.

2. ‘10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Cloverfield Movies in Order (And How Are They Connected)

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ is a psychological horror that takes place six years after the monster attack on New York.

The story revolves around Michelle, who, after a car accident, wakes up in an underground bunker. She is told by her captor, Howard, that the outside world has been affected by a chemical attack, making it unsafe to go outside. Another man, Emmett, is also in the bunker, having voluntarily entered to seek refuge.

As Michelle tries to make sense of her situation and whether Howard’s claims are true, tensions rise within the confined space of the bunker. ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ is not as directly connected as the two previous movies, but the connection can be made through Howard’s claim that the outside world is not safe and Michelle being stranded in a different dimension and unaware of what exactly happened in this one through Quantum shenanigans.

Where to watch the above-mentioned movies?

The first two installments in the Cloververse can be streamed on Paramount+, and AMC+ and rented on Apple TV store. ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ can be streamed only on Netflix.

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Will there be more ‘Cloverfield’ movies?

A true sequel to the first ‘Cloverfield’ film is currently in development, with Joe Barton as the screenwriter, Abrams as co-producer, Babak Anvari as the director, and they plan to maintain the element of surprise in future project releases.

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