If you haven't heard by now, the creative genius that is J.J. Abrams is producing a sequel to the surprisingly successful Cloverfield, released back in 2008.
Well, sort of a sequel. According to Abrams himself, 10 Cloverfield Lane will be more of a "blood relative" to the original Cloverfield than a sequel. Which ,as it just so happens, makes a bit of sense considering how dissimilar this trailer is to the Cloverfield we know and love.
Though no less awesome, this trailer doesn't exactly appear to be anything like Cloverfield. Which is exactly what Abrams and director Dan Trachtenberg are looking for.
For most people this trailer and movie came out of left field. A Cloverfield sequel was never in the works — or so we thought. This movie was originally hidden behind the title The Cellar, and it even had its own synopsis that seemed to have no correlation with Cloverfield. But with the release of the official name of the movie, it's easy to try and speculate about what to the connection between the two movies could be. Well, it has everything to do with the big monster that beheaded Lady Liberty.
Meet Clover: the dangerous, deadly, destructive, and durable monster that turns Manhattan into a pile of rubble. Clover is a several thousand years young, camera shy, 300 ft. monster who likes to spend all-nighters bringing about the downfall of an entire city and end the night dining on some delicious Hud sandwiches before returning home to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Oh, and must love dogs.
Okay, I'm kidding. Clover probably wanted to kill the dogs just as much as the humans (yes my friends, there were hidden animal deaths throughout that entire film). Remind yourself of the trailer:
But let's go back a little. Back before Clover arrived in Manhattan. Back to what lead up to our little adventure throughout the destruction-laden city. Do you remember why all of our protagonists were gathered in one apartment in Manhattan? It's because Rob got a fancy new job all the way in Japan, where he was going to be Vice President of something involving the mysterious company 'Slusho!'
Slusho! is a devious company and global powerhouse that is quite corrupt. So corrupt, in fact, that they would use a potentially dangerous ingredient that they know to be addictive in their products. A product that affects the human mind when consumed in its raw form. They also know that this ingredient (dubbed 'Seabed's Nectar') is found right where Clover and the parasites that follow Clover to Manhattan choose to hang out.
Seabed's Nectar was the main ingredient in Slusho!'s drinks because, you know, corruption. And well, now they've also stumbled across something magnificent, the discovery of which could make them even richer than ever before! But, alas, the corrupt bastards accidentally woke the 300 ft. tall, 1,200 ft. long monster and sent it on a disoriented, fearful rampage forcing it in the direction of Manhattan.
And that is where Rob, Lily, Hud, Beth, Jason, and Marlena's journey begins. As we're aware, it doesn't end too well. It ends with Jason dying on a bridge, Marlena's stomach blowing up, Hud being bit in half, and Beth and Rob dying underneath a bridge. The only one who may or may not be alive is Lily, who got airlifted out of Manhattan.
When Rob and Beth die, there's still the chance that Clover is still alive and that those parasites are too. Okay, let's face it, those parasites are dead. Rob killed one by hitting it with a door. But Clover might still be around.
What does that mean for '10 Cloverfield Lane'?
Well, those 2,000 parasites that fell off Clover and attacked the New Yorkers most likely died. And when they did, they probably leaked out their high contents of Seabed's Nectar into the world, contaminating the water supply, and any humans and animals may or may not have been left in the area.
But let's say that maybe they did manage to take out Clover. Then all of Clover's guts, gore and blood full of the Seabed's Nectar probably got all over the place. And if the military used nukes on the scared monster, who knows what the nuclear reaction with the substance might have done. The radiation mixed with the potentially dangerous chemical would've gone all around the world and probably come into contact with every human on the planet.
The fallout of the chemical (radioactive or not) would most definitely cover most of New York and at the very least Manhattan. This chemical is supposed to be kept cold and at the bottom of the ocean. So, when on land and no longer freezing cold, it will change and possibly cause other issues to arise. For instance, the effect it has on the human mind can cause some serious threats to human existence and create more monsters for us to fend off. Because as the movie says, monsters come in many forms.
Of course, they want us to assume that John Goodman's character is the monster in question here, but I think that it might be something else. I think that Seabed's Nectar affects humans and creatures who have not evolved to ingest it in such a dangerous and deadly way, so that it turns them into monsters. Whether this turns us into parasitic zombies similar to the roamers, clickers, and bloaters in The Last of Us, or more like radiation poisoning turning us into Ghouls from the Fallout series.
It doesn't really matter how humans and other creatures became these new monsters, but now they are out there. Our protagonists (and possible antagonist, in the form of John Goodman) are stuck in this bunker because of a "chemical leak" that happened above making the world up there uninhabitable.
There was in fact a chemical leak and the world up there is in fact uninhabitable for two reasons. First: the chemical has the possibility of infecting the trio in the bunker. Second: the monsters up above can, and will, kill them.
Moreover, there is obviously something up there that is worth fretting about. Why else would John Goodman ominously say, "Something's coming." That which, by the way, sounds very much like the catchphrase, "Something has found us" that was used in marketing for Cloverfield.
If my theory is right, we now know how Cloverfield lead us to 10 Cloverfield Lane, but there are still so many unanswered questions surrounding both films. For starters, where does 10 Cloverfield Lane take place, and is it close enough to Manhattan for this theory to pan out? Did Clover die? How far into the future is the military viewing the tape filmed by Hud? What exactly is Slusho!, are they more than just a drinks company? Did Lily make it out okay?
We have so many unanswered questions that won't be answered for quite some time now. But if we're lucky, J.J. Abrams might take a page out of Marvel's book and create a Cloverfield Cinematic Universe so that all of our monster-filled desires can be fulfilled.