Andrew Garfield says Spider-Man is Jewish, and a Christ figure. OK.

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Apr 16, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT (Updated)

Andrew Garfield has some thoughts about Peter Parker's religious identity ... both literally and figuratively.

Andrew Garfield is our Spider-Man right now, and he will be for the foreseeable future. And, while the scripts and direction play major roles in how Peter Parker gets shaped in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Garfield himself is going to bring a certain something as a performer that simply isn't in the text.

Or, in some cases, has been subtext in the comics for decades.

For example, Garfield was very clear on one way he sees Parker -- as Jewish.

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. He's an over-thinker. It would be much easier if he was a life-saving robot.

Garfield backpedals a little, adding, "I hope Jewish people won't mind the cliche, because my father's Jewish. I have that in me for sure." But, interesting enough, Peter Parker's religion has always been a bit subtextually up for grabs. In the comics, when religious ceremonies are directly involved, Peter seems to be something in the way of a Protestant.

But, on the other hand, Spider-Man's "father," Stanley "Stan Lee" Lieber, is a Jew from the Bronx who was raised by Romanian immigrants. There have been rumors that off the record, Lee has said that he sees Parker as Jewish, but there's never been any official interview to that effect.

So, there's some grounds for what Garfield is saying there. On the other hand ...

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."

I feel like that last line is a bit of a weird translation of the text. Then again, Jesus was known for saying, "To whom much is given, much is expected," which is a lot like "With great power, comes great responsibility." Still, that's Uncle Ben's riff first, not Peter's. Then again, Spider-Man does frequently make personal sacrifices, and his good deeds are often misunderstood. I wouldn't call him a perfect fit for the Christ analog, but there may be something there. Countdown to the shot of Spidey with his arms spread wide in 3 ... 2 ...1 ...

(via Daily Mail)