Now that Netflix has released the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise, fans have a lot of questions. The Cloverfield Paradox was advertised as explaining how the monster began. But did it really? Read on for explanations about that ending, along with photos of that ending scene. This post will have major spoilers for The Cloverfield Paradox, so only read on if you have already seen the movie in its entirety or if you don’t mind having the twist at the end spoiled for you.
Explaining the Dimensions & Earth 1 vs. Earth 2
The entire movie was a lesson in time dimension jumping and paradoxes created by unproven tech. The movie took place in the future, when the world was on the brink of losing power, everyone was on the brink of starving, and countries were on the edge of launching a major world war. It was never explained to us what caused the problems, but they were major. At the center of everything was the loss of energy and power. People were siphoning off power just to try to survive (that’s how Ava Hamilton’s children died.) Their last hope is the Shepard Particle Accelerator on board the Cloverfield Space Station. If they can get it started, they can create free energy and essentially save the entire world.
When they finally get it to work after almost two years, they’re thrust into another dimension (we’ll call it Earth 2.) This dimension has been in a world war for 14 months already and has seen debris from the space station fall into the ocean. This is the Cloverfield Paradox that they were warned about — the possibility that so much energy and the collision of the Higgs Boson could cause a rip in the fabric of spacetime. The Cloverfield Station from Earth 2 was destroyed and everyone on it (except for Mina, who is trapped on Station 1.)
Station 1’s very existence in the Earth 2 timeline is causing some major problems with how physics works, which is why things are getting teleported strangely, worms are ending up in people, Mundy lost his hand because he started merging with a wall, and all sorts of crazy stuff. It’s not going to fix itself and they have to get back to Earth 1, their universe. But before they leave, they send the plans for the station back to Earth 2’s government. They figured out what caused their station to skip dimensions and go unstable: they didn’t account for condensation and needed to ventilate the ship. Tam figured it out, but died in the process.
The Monster at the End & How it Ties to Everything
At the very end of the movie, Hamilton and Schmidt were able to bring the station back to Earth 1. they’re heading in a pod back to the surface, but can’t be warned in time about the situation on the ground. Whereas Earth 2 was embroiled in a terrible world war, Earth 1 may actually be worse off. It has a monster problem. We see the pod landing right next to a giant monster. Here’s a photo of that monster from the end:
This monster is much much bigger than the monster from Cloverfield. In fact, it’s been explained that the monster from Cloverfield was actually a baby. So many fans are guessing that this monster is either that monster grown up or its mother.
The simplest explanation for the ending of The Cloverfield Paradox is that the Shepard Accelerator did create a rip in the fabric of space-time. This rip pulled in the Cloverfield monsters from another dimension and, just as we were warned at the beginning of the movie, sent monsters to different dimensions and sent them forward and backward in time.
By accepting this as the simplest explanation, we don’t have to try to figure out a way to fit this movie into the Cloverfield timeline specifically. Cloverfield takes place in 2008, and 10 Cloverfield Lane takes place sometime later when the world is already fighting the monsters. But The Cloverfield Paradox obviously takes place far into the future. The technology (an accelerator in space and advanced 3D printing) just don’t exist in 2008 when Cloverfield takes place. And the Cloverfield movie never makes mention of a big energy shortage or people dying and possible war. So we know that TCP takes place in the future. If we believe that the Hamilton’s pod lands in its correct timeline, then Hamilton’s pod would also not be the debris we saw falling in the background of a news report during Cloverfield. (This might just be a red herring.) Instead, there are a couple possibilities:
- Earth 1 from The Cloverfield Paradox is in a different dimension than the Cloverfield Earth. The monsters are the same, but TCP created the spacetime rip that sent them into different dimensions, including Cloverfield.
- The Cloverfield Paradox takes place in Cloverfield‘s future. They killed the monster in Cloverfield already and the Earth moved on. Maybe a big battle with that and the little monster actually helped create the energy shortage they have now. The monsters didn’t reappear until Michael saw one at the hospital when he was saving Molly.
One of these two explanations is the most likeliest one to explain the end, with both revolving around the idea that the monsters were thrust into these Earth’s dimensions thanks to the Shepard accelerator. If you absolutely must believe the debris was from the space station, then you could fit that into the timeline by reasoning that another rip caused pieces of the station (or Hamilton’s pod) to travel back in time and land during that newscast, waking up a second, much larger monster than the baby during most of the movie. (And, thus, leading to a battle that would cause the severe energy shortage in the future.)
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