While The Cloverfield Paradox makes a direct connection to 2008’s Cloverfield with the appearance of a familiar monster, ties to 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane are less obvious. We briefly meet a character named Mark Stambler (played by Donal Logue) who must be related to Howard Stambler (played by John Goodman) in 10 Cloverfield Lane. There’s also a mention of “mutant space worms” in 10 Cloverfield Lane that could tie-in with the squirmers in Paradox.
But Cloverfield mastermind J.J. Abrams recently told the Empire Podcast that The Cloverfield Paradox almost included a huge, direct connection to 10 Cloverfield Lane, but the scene was excised from the final product.
Per Screen Rant:
Abrams: “During the spacewalk sequence [in Paradox] and all this debris is flying around, there was a truck that was going around. And it was from 10 Cloverfield Lane, it was Stambler’s truck. But it was one of those things that once again, some people called it out as being too crazy, I loved it, because I thought it was just so bonkers, but some people felt it was too distracting, I thought it was amazing.”
As for the previously mentioned monster, Abrams and The Cloverfield Paradox director Julius Onah both confirmed it’s the very same creature who destroyed Manhattan in 2008.
Abrams: “It’s the same creature. But definitely bigger.”
Onah: “I mean it was a baby in the first one, so maybe it started eating its Wheaties and grew a little bit.”
Official Synopsis: Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.
The Cloverfield Paradox is directed by Julius Onah and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, and Daniel Brühl.