There has been a lot of fierce internet speculation about the guy behind Spider-Man being Jewish. And now it has finally been confirmed by Andrew Garfield, star of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Garfield, the British actor who was brought up Jewish, argued that the superhero’s neuroses are a surefire sign that the character is culturally Jewish.
“Spider-man is neurotic. Peter Parker is not a simple dude. He can’t just switch off,” Garfield told Time Out. “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.”
Garfield, 30, who came back as the Spider-Man says: “I hope Jewish people won’t mind the clichÃƒ©, because my father’s Jewish. I have that in me for sure.” The actor says about his character: “He’s an over-thinker. It would be much easier if he was a life-saving robot.”
The New York boy, Andrew Garfield isn’t just any Jew, his roots are biblical. “He is misunderstood , like Jesus,” Garfield claims. “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.’”
The star, who now is know was Spider-Man adds: “Peter (Parker) is not that evolved. Peter wants to tell the world he’s a good guy: ‘ Like me, I’m nice.’ He’s a 19 year-old kid. He’s a kid struggling with being misunderstood. We’ve all been misunderstood. That’s universal too. I like being Peter.”
Stan Lee, a true American comics pioneer, who created Spider-Man in 1962, is also Jewish.
Lee wrote: “To me you can wrap all of Judaism up in one sentence, and that is ‘Do not do unto others…’ All I tried to do in my stories was show that there’s some innate goodness in the human condition. And there’s always going to be evil; we should always be fighting evil.”
Spider-Man is not the only “Jewish” super-hero. Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, was reintroduced to Comics as a lesbian, of Jewish descent. Superman has also been claimed for “the tribe”.
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