It's a cool effect, but really no more than a Hulk ground pound. I don't think they're portraying Thor as being any tougher than they portrayed Hulk as being, however. The thing I find interesting is Thor's statement of magic and science being the same thing in his realm... kinda downplays the 'gods' thing and just makes them an advanced race who we interpreted as gods in our young culture. Much more how I've always seen them. Either way, this is going to be a fun movie, and the Avengers is going to be epic!
In the interviews i've Read it says The gods are naturally stronger and faster than humans and that they could just easily slap awau cars and have no fear of bullets. As far as high tech aliens go, I dont thonk people understand that this is a race so advanced that science and magic are indeed one and the same! When people think of technology they thing thats where there power lies, thats not the case at all. They undertsand concepts to such an exteme that primitive man see's it as magic! But they are one and the same! What we call magic is not even amazing to the gods. Its somthing they can do with ease! It does'nt down play a thing, IMHO. Its just generic terms and words we use that makes this all a discusion. MAGIC AND SCIENCE ARE THE SAME THING to the Asgardians.