The Cloverfield Paradox just dropped on Netflix, and as any good fan knows, that means it’s time to start talking about Cloverfield 4, titled Overlord.
Cloverfield 3 gave us a lot of answers to questions posed in both the original Cloverfield and its sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane. But it didn’t answer all of them, which is where Overlord comes in.
Or does it?
Despite the fact that details of JJ Abrams’ Cloverfield movies are usually kept under heavy security, we do know the general premise for Cloverfield 4. According to The Wrap,
“Overlord,” which is now in postproduction, follows Allied paratroopers in WWII who are shot down behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day and discover that the Nazis are using supernatural forces against them.
Julius Avery directed from a script by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. The cast includes Jovan Adepo (“Fences”), Jacob Anderson (“Game of Thrones”), and Wyatt Russell (“Black Mirror: Playtest”).
Now, I have a lot of faith in Abrams and his direction for this franchise. I’ve loved all three movies in the series, and I truly believe he knows exactly what he’s doing to tell a complicated and surprising story. The fact that he can release an entire movie with the world knowing minimum details (including the release date, in the case of Paradox) is a nearly inhuman feat in this day and age.
So I trust him and his team to not lead us astray. I really do.
But Overlord doesn’t sound like the movie I want to see next out of this franchise. On the one hand, do we need yet another Nazi movie? I can appreciate the supernatural twist, but didn’t we already see that in Captain America and Hellboy?
My biggest concern, however, is that once again we’re going to be moving back in time. The Cloverfield Paradox is a prequel to Cloverfield, and an excellent one at that. We all wanted to know where the monsters came from and why they were on Earth, and now we have some of those answers.
Will Cloverfield 4 really reveal more? Likely I said, I trust Abrams, so it probably will. Maybe the monsters were brought to Earth by the Nazis and have somehow been laying dormant for all these years, until the events of Paradox. It could give us another piece of the puzzle.
But I don’t want to travel to WWII. I want to know what happened to Lily from Cloverfield. I want to know what happened to Michelle from 10 Cloverfield Lane. And I especially want to see Ava and Michael reunite on Earth after the events of Paradox.
Essentially, I want an Avengers-style team-up movie that has major players from previous films joining together to figure out what the hell is going on and how they can fix it.
But until then, I’ll wait patiently to see what Abrams does next. If he wants to tell us a story set in WWII, I’ll watch it as long as it ties into the Cloverfield universe. And even if it takes another 10 years, I remain hopeful that we get to see a conclusion to all these stories.