Yesterday we were talking about Overlord (2018), a movie that first was mentioned to be part of the Cloverfield saga but that option has been eventually refuted (until further notice). Today it’s the time to talk about Megan (2018), a short film that brings a young scientist entangled in a military mission to allegedly deliver the only antidote that will save mankind. Soon the Cloverfield monster shows up and the mission changes its reason.
Is the short film Megan (2018) an official entry to the Cloverfield saga? Well, probably not, because J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot are not involved in the production. But it surely calls to be included in that fictional universe for several reasons. The first one, the most evident one, the monster and the spaceships are there. Also, who is Megan? According to the short film credits, she is Megan Paulson, and not Megan Stambler, the daughter of Howard Stambler, played by John Goodman in 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and some rumors claim. That would have a lot of sense since Howard Stambler was an analyst for Tagruato and he made very significant discoverings regarding the alien invasion. And remember, one of his biggest concerns in 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) was to get back in contact with his daughter Megan. Another link to the Cloverfield franchise is short film Megan (2018) marks the first appearance of Ganu Yoshida, the mastermind behind Tagruato corporation. This fictional multinational company has been present along the Cloverfield films, but we never got to see who was behind it and what kind of research are they really doing. And finally, and this is just a funny nod, Megan is seeing in her military transport drinking some sort of beverage very similar to the fictional brand J. J. Abrams places in all his movies, Slusho. We never manage to see the whole logo on Megan’s cup, but it clearly makes a reference to the Tagruato soft drink.
Megan (2018) is directed by Greg Strasz, a notorious visuals effect artist that has been involved to big productions like 2012 (2009), White House Down (2013), It Follows (2014) or Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). With a resume like that is no surprise the visual spectacularity the short film is wrapped in. He’s also part of the creation of the story and screenplay, together with Giuseppe Mercadante and Jean de Meuron. Matilda Lutz, known for starring Revenge (2017) and Rings (2017), incarnates the title character, while Garret Sato is Ganu Yoshida.
The Cloverfield film universe stars to become one of the most complexes but at the same time exciting sci-fi sagas of the last years. Although the latest movie entry to the franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox (2018), is quite disappointing, all the new information thrown to the origins of the monster and the playing with different dimensions is big candy to all science-fiction fans like myself. So if you also have an interest in all the Cloverfield world, make sure you watch the Megan (2018) short film. You can watch it in full and for free here, on it’s official YouTube channel:
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