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.
Over there! You are the one mistaken! THEY ARE GODS! THEY TOLD MAN TO REFURE TO THEM AS GODS! So man did'nt coin the term thats just a generic term used to discribe higher level of beings! So therefore they are gods! Because thats the name they chose. You disagree with them being gods! But you could'nt be more happy if Hulk turned out to be Christ! You have a double standard that is guided by a huge biasness! I understand that There are Thor fanactic who use the whole god factor! But being a god just means your on a higher level than humans. SKRULLS would be concidered shape shifting demon gods if they appeared thousands of years ago. Its just a tittle! Gods is just a generic term. Nothing more!