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.
I agree completely. I have always seen the Asgardians as a highly powerful race who we called gods, but actually were no more gods than the Skrulls or Galactus... just a race that works on a higher science level that we consider magic. What I mean by "plays down" is simply that many people give Thor the auto win by saying "Yeah, but he's a god!" godhood is a title given by mankind to someone... in this case, mistakenly.