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'Cloverfield' Theories To Read Up On Before Streaming 'The Cloverfield Paradox'

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On Feburary 4, 2018, Netflix finally dropped the highly anticipated, wildly enigmatic Cloverfield sequel, The Cloverfield Paradox. Though the release date had been postponed numerous times and the film was stripped of its original title, God Particle, fans are buzzing how the third installment is a continuation of the films that came before it. So, what's really going on in the new space-based film? A few Cloverfield fan theories take a guess at how the worlds truly are connected and where that may take us.

The Cloverfield universe has long been a hotbed for fan theories. It's just business as usual for the type of movie franchise that has an insanely detailed backstory built into a viral marketing campaign (the Cloverfield ARG or altered reality game) and not once touched upon in the actual movies. Abrams has also made an art out of hiding Easter eggs that string his films together in the same bizarre, sci-fi universe. Basically, it's a perfect storm for fan theories about Cloverfield.

Fan theories about 10 Cloverfield Lane question our idea of a villain just like the film's tagline, "Monsters come in many forms." Sometimes, these forms are weirder than we could've ever imagined, especially when you realize the film is playing off very real conspiracy theories. We're talking 13,000-year-old alien satellites that might exist in real life and government space conspiracies. These Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane fan theories will get you totally ready to question everything that happens in the Netflix sequel. With the fourth already confirmed, the limits of where the franchise will go remains as wide open as a paradoxical other dimension.

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    The 'Cloverfield' Monsters Are Toxic To Humans

    Photo: Cloverfield / Paramount

    In the first film, Marlena is scratched and bitten by one of the tiny Cloverfield monsters that's running around the subway. She later dies a gruesome death from the monster's venom. This fan theory from Inverse reasons the tiny monsters are actually toxic to humans (i.e. the seeming chemical attack that wiped out thousands in 10 Cloverfield Lane). It's also possible these monsters were more or less hidden underground until the events in the second film.

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    Howard Thought He Was Saving Brittany

    Photo: 10 Cloverfield Lane / Paramount

    Howard may have killed Brittany - the girl who was held captive in the bunker before Michelle - but Redditor/u/Shadowofahelicopter thinks Howard actually believed he was saving the girl from the end of the world.

    The theory claims Howard took Brittany into the bunker after witnessing an event that led him to believe it was the end of the world (this was possibly sparked by the events in the first film). He kept her there for two years, which he believed was the length of time it took for the air to become breathable after a chemical attack. Once the two years were up, he emerged from the bunker and realized that the world had not ended. He couldn't let Brittany go or risk going to jail, so he killed her.

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    The Red Flash Emmett Describes In '10 Cloverfield Lane' Isn't Aliens. It's The Hadron Collider In 'The Cloverfield Paradox'

    Photo: 10 Cloverfield Lane / Paramount

    Even before The Cloverfield Paradox dropped on Netflix, Redditors were buzzing with the idea the film is connected to the previous Cloverfield iterations. One theory by Redditor/u/Cysubtor argues the red flash in Emmett sees in 10 Cloverfield Lane was actually the result of a scientific experiment in the third film.

    Even after the movie's release, this is definitely plausible. In an attempt to create renewable energy, the scientists in The Cloverfield Paradox set off an explosion so large it shoots them into another dimension. This could very well be the flash that Emmett describes in 10 Cloverfield Lane.

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    The 'Cloverfield' Monster Is A Biological Weapon From An Alien Species

    Photo: Cloverfield / Paramount

    This theory by Redditor/u/dingding91234 alleges the monster in Cloverfield (along with the "flying monster and the weird scaley dog thing") is nothing more than a biological weapon from an alien species meant to wreak havoc on Earth. These "biological weapons" are what Howard mentions as "phase one" of an alien attack. Phase two (sending in ground troops to kill the survivors) will involve significantly more weapons technology (possibly what we see happening at the end of 10 Cloverfield Lane).

    The theory also alleges the satellite crashing in the original film (which we may now attribute to an alternate universe Shepard Satellite) was a Red Herring. The monster "needed time to develop into a war machine." It didn't wreak havoc on New York because it was woken up by a crashing satellite; it was always on Earth, incubating, and woke up when the time was right.

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