Spider-Man has always been the quintessential New York Superhero - and Andrew Garfield believes he may be even more so than previously thought - he's also Jewish.
Speaking to Time Out while promoting The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the British actor, 30, revealed his thoughts on the subject:
“Spider-man is neurotic. Peter Parker is not a simple dude. He can’t just switch off...He never feels like he’s doing enough. And Peter suffers from self-doubt. He ums and ahs about his future because he’s neurotic. He’s Jewish. It’s a defining feature...I hope Jewish people won’t mind the cliché, because my father’s Jewish. I have that in me for sure...He’s an over-thinker. It would be much easier if he was a life-saving robot.”
Which is certainly an interesting approach to the character - and the character's history would seem to support the theory. As Adam Sherwin has written in The Independent:
¨Some Spidey scholars believe the story is an allegory for post-War Judaism in America. An orphan, as many Jewish children were as a result of Nazi atrocities, Parker is a “good, smart boy” who lives with his aunt and uncle in Forest Hills, Queens, home to one of the largest Jewish communities in New York. The angst-ridden Parker fights evil by adopting an alter-ego – some Jews chose to submerge their identities to avoid future persecution – and often uses native wit whilst outsmarting his enemies, speaking lines of dialogue close to 'yiddish shtick'.¨
Garfield, though, went further, suggesting that Spider-Man is also very similar to the most famous Jewish man of them all - Jesus Christ:
“He is misunderstood , like Jesus...I don’t mind the Jesus parallel for Spider-man. Jesus is an awesome guy. When Pontius Pilate said: ‘They say you’re the son of God. If you’re the son of God tell me.’ Jesus was like: ‘I know who I am, bitch.’”
Which is possibly a little more of a stretch.
What do you guys think? Is Spidey Jewish, or is the fact that he's an orphan help him to be the everyman hero we know and love? Let me know below!
Is Spider-Man Jewish?
via The Independent