Having a low showing is one thing, getting totally pawned by a B!t@# is another. Thor has been beaten by phoenix and its avatars countless times. X-men should have captured him earlier in avengers vs x-men #6 or Avx: Vs #4 to spare him the misery. Thor is supposed to be a god who chooses to fight among mortals, that alone makes him one of the most respected and revered heroes. He is not just another dumb and unstable powerhouse like sentry and wonder man, he is truly a hero and a god, and deserves to be treated as such. The Phoenix 5 are more powerful than Thor, fine. But does he have to be beaten several times to prove the point? I wonder why Emma Frost didn't humiliate captain america like that. The point is that if thor is not as powerful as any of the phoenix 5, why feature him in an AvX issue where he is paired against such an opponent? Red Hulk and Cyclops didn't get a single issue featuring them, although both of them are crucial and important members of their teams. Think carefully, will marvel ever publish an issue where captain america is totally abused like that?
I usually agree with Vance, but thor is being treated like garbage in the past few months. Also, classic Thor was portrayed being FAR more powerful than current Thor. How many strength feats has he displayed recently, besides jobbing to tutinax, hulk and taurus? He has failed to handle a single phoenix force host, losing to captain marvel(twice), rachel, namor(twice), cyclops and even emma frost while gladiator killed one and it took 2 of them to kill him. Did you even read Avx:Vs #4?