Now the PIIGS are all under constant, unending attack from financial markets who don’t believe they can pay their bills and might have to leave the euro — just like the Avengers were besieged by the Chitauri alien army that just kept pouring down into Manhattan from that portal in the sky above Stark tower.

Loki, the trickster Asgardian god who just wants to see the world burn? Well, that’s Alexis Tsipras, the hardcore Greek leftist politician who wants the country to ditch austerity and keeps making market-rattling pronouncements.

Now, as you may remember, the Avengers were badly losing that big battle, overwhelmed by wave after wave of alien invaders. Then the Hulk showed up. And the Hulk smashed the aliens and Loki. Smashed them real good.