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I've been reading all sorts of things of late that seem to want to tie these three movies together (some are using the term "Cloververse"), despite not having the same directors, producers, etc. The most recent was today, which implies there's a connection.

While it has yet to officially be confirmed by those involved with the film, a running theory connects the two monsters seen in Paradox to the original Cloverfield monster.

In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment during the film's first act, a silhouette resembling the original "Clovey" appears to be seen walking through the ruined city, just as Michael (Roger Davies) rescues Molly (Clover Nee).

Are these three films actually related? Are they just building on the vagueness of the original? If there is any connection, was it intentional?

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If there is any connection, was it intentional?

Yes, but only in a marginal, after-the-fact fashion.

It is important to note that The Cloverfield Paradox was originally a movie called God Particle that had nothing to do with Cloverfield. After half a decade of production hell, it was picked up by Netflix and rebranded.

As such, the tie-ins were mostly anything they could add out-of-sequence. So we have some easter-eggs, a brief scene in the middle with some shadows, and the so-painfully tacked-on few seconds at the end. It's even more painful than the last scene of Other People's Money.

10 Cloverfield Lane underwent a similar genesis, starting as The Cellar and then receiving some tie-ins after being picked up by Bad Robot. The tie-ins in this case were limited. I find that interesting, given that the plot structure could have easily been folded into the original without too much effort - replace the aliens with the Cloverfield parasites and you're gold.

Are they just building on the vagueness of the original?

It appears Bad Robot wants to make Cloverfield their analog of a "Marvel Universe", IE, a place where they can make any movie, add a few easter eggs, and brand it in hopes of making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. It seems to have worked in this case.

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    This is a commentary, not an answer.
    – phantom42
    Feb 8 '18 at 15:33
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    The first two paragraphs clearly state the nature of the tie-in, which answers the OP's question "Are these three films actually related?". The answer is "yes, sort of", which I explain. Feb 8 '18 at 15:43
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    this has the makings of a good answer if the editorializing was removed and details / evidence provided (link to info about 'The God Particle', identify the easter eggs, etc.... overall I agree w/ @phantom42 that this is mostly a commentary with little in the way of detail
    – NKCampbell
    Feb 8 '18 at 16:18
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    OMG, if you don't like it, make your own answer! Holy crap, people have spent more time complaining about my answer than it took to write it. Feb 8 '18 at 20:07
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    @MauryMarkowitz - answers on this site aren't meant to be commentary or opinion forums, but objective and verifiable in general
    – NKCampbell
    Feb 8 '18 at 21:03
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This is a pretty good explanation on NME.

The Cloverfield Paradox suggests that the Cloverfield films all take place across several alternate timelines. The space crew in The Cloverfield Paradox are responsible for bringing monsters and aliens into all of the separate timelines (and therefore, all the separate films).

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