It's ironic that you cite Star Trek b/c I remember an episode of the old series with William Shatner that featured the god Apollo. As I recall, the show never really answered the question if he was really a god or not. The crew of the Enterprise thought he might possibly be an alien, who our ancient ancestors probably worshipped as a god but the final question was left up to the audience to decide. Which was very effective. Maybe Thor in Avengers could be handled in such a way. That's one take on how the melding of science and mythology could be approached. Hmmm...I seemed to have mixed up this thread subject. Sorry guys.