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Who is leaving and returning to Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks? 13 cast changes revealed

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That revolving door used by the casts of soap just keep..

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That revolving door used by the casts of soap just keeps on spinning, with more dramatic exits and explosive returns ahead. With the likes of Mick Carter and Max Branning taking breaks from EastEnders, Kim Tate heading back to Emmerdale, Lewis Archer meeting a nasty end in Coronation Street and Lisa Loveday coming home to Hollyoaks, some pivotal faces are making changes – and the storylines are sure to be dramatic.

Here, we present our every-so-often roundup of soap cast changes so you can keep track of who is doing what and potentially how.

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Leaving

Lewis Archer – Coronation Street

Lewis is back with Audrey in Coronation Street
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The smooth talking charmer of Weatherfield looks set to be heading for a nasty end as it has been revealed he will die in a dramatic New Year storyline – but will he be departing as a villain or a tragic loss to devastated Audrey?

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For now, he is well trusted as a reformed character by the woman who loves him – but considering that Nigel Havers knew the outcome of the story from the day he signed up to come back, could there be another twist in store?

Mick Carter – EastEnders

Mick is in prison in EastEnders
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In order to participate in theatre performances next year for several weeks, there is another break on the horizon for Danny Dyers troubled landlord character. He is currently in prison accused of shooting Stuart but he will appear on screen again before long for an explosive and violent showdown with his enemy.

But as he will then be performing in Harold Pinter plays The Dumb Waiter and A Slight Ache alongside Martin Freeman for most of February, it looks like another temporary goodbye will need to be said to Mick.

Fiz Stape – Coronation Street

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Happily, Jennie McAlpine recently welcomed her newborn daughter Hilda to the world, meaning that she is taking maternity leave from her role as Fiz. This will come about after she has an almighty clash with Evelyn Plummer but will this spell the end of her relationship with Tyrone?

Jennie expects to return to the role after her maternity leave.

Max Branning – EastEnders

Max loses Abi in EastEnders
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Things are about to kick off again for Max as he fears Rainie has ruined their chances of getting custody of baby Abi. When Rainie and Cora end up in a fight after the truth about Rainies night with Jack is exposed, Abi is taken into care.

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Early next year, Jake Wood will be taking time off to tour with the live version of his podcast Pound For Pound, so will he be leaving Walford in despair? Or might he choose to flee with Abi?

Jude Appleton – Coronation Street

Jude wants to be with Angie in Coronation Street
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Jude will be back on our screens in coming episodes for the final part of his story but Paddy Wallace has confirmed that he has filmed his final scenes with the soap. As Jude remains absent following his disappearance act, what brings him briefly back remains to be seen.

Will Mary get the closer she seeks?

Buster Smith – Hollyoaks

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Evil abuser Buster is due to stand trial next year for his abuse of Brody and Ollie but with cast members promising the right ending to the high profile storyline, it seems inevitable that we will be saying goodbye to Buster.

But will Brody and Ollie be able to pick up the pieces if they get the justice they deserve?

Dr Legg – EastEnders

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It has been lovely seeing Dots old friend Dr Legg back in Walford but with his devastating bombshell that he is dying, it is only a matter of time before a painful goodbye follows. As Dot vows to be there for Dr Legg, there are emotional scenes ahead as they visit the graves of his parents.

Quite when the final goodbye will air remains to be seen but its certain to be emotional.

Returning

Kim Tate – Emmerdale

Kim Tate returns to Emmerdale
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She caused a whole heap of trouble in just one day when she returned to the village recently but ended up back inside after just 24 hours of chaotic freedom. But Kim will be back in the village long term next year – with a vengeance.

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With the death of Joe and her order for Graham to find James, she is going to want answers.

Phil Mitchell – EastEnders

Phil loses it in EastEnders
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While the cats away, Sharon will play – but her affair with Keanu could bring a devastating turn of events when Phil comes back. Steve McFadden is already back filming with the soap and fans will be waiting with bated breath for him to discover the shocking truth.

All hell is sure to break loose.

Lisa Loveday – Hollyoaks

Lisas return scenes air next week but we may have to enjoy her comeback while we can as she arrives straight into deadly danger. With Liam still determined to avenge his evil dad Glenn, he threatens Lisas life and sends the Lovedays into a spin.

Zack locks Lisa in the house for her safety but she soon escapes…

Imogen Pascoe – Coronation Street

Imogen returns to Coronation Street
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Metro.co.uk recently confirmed the return of Kates ex Imogen to Weatherfield this winter for a handful of episodes that see her act as a catalyst for a Kana reunion. Kate and Rana are estranged by this point but Imogen will help them patch things up after coming face to face with Rana.

And its a good thing too, wed already bought our wedding outfits.

Alfie Moon – EastEnders

Alfie and Kat EastEnders
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Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace have been back where they belong filming as Kat and Alfie Moon – with scenes on location airing in the coming weeks. But will Alfie discover the truth that Hayley has given birth to his child?

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And could this lead to a colossal Slater showdown as Kat finally learns what has happened behind her back?

Luke Morgan – Hollyoaks

Luke tries to support Ollie in Hollyoaks
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With Gary Lucy currently touring with The Full Monty, Luke is languishing in prison but he will be popping up again in the not too distant future for a few episodes here and there before his full time return next year.

And Sarah Jayne Dunn recently told us that this would bring big trouble Mandys way…

Mike Thornberry – Coronation Street

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Liz may have been a bit too hasty in ditching reliable Mike due to her feelings for Johnny – look how spending the night with him turned out. And the teacher turned cabbie will soon be back – but will it be for Liz or for another reason?

Actor Louis Emerick has already returned to filming but how long the stint is for remains unconfirmed.

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Marvel Studios president claims hundreds of superheroes could join MCU after Disney merger

The MCU looks set to expand (Picture: Marvel Universe LIVE!)

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The MCU looks set to expand (Picture: Marvel Universe LIVE!)

The president of Marvel, Kevin Feige, has said that hundreds of superheroes could join the MCU after the huge deal with Disney last year.

The MCU looks set to get a lot bigger.

The truth is Im excited for all of the [Fox properties]. And its not just the marquee names, you know, Kevin revealed while at the Golden Globes earlier this week.

He added to MTV News: There are hundreds of names on those agreements and the fact that Marvel is as close as we may ever get now to having access to all of the characters is something Ive been dreaming about for my almost 20 years at Marvel.

Its very exciting.

Back in December, the 45-year-old Marvel boss also opened up about the ending of Avengers Infinity War, as he explained that he never planned for the good guy to win.

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We did Infinity War and Endgame at the same time, but those have been the longest gestating movies weve ever made.

Four years now, almost five years. And it was always about delivering on the promise that we had set up. And the way the world received Infinity War was amazing, it was exactly what we wanted.

Kevin enjoyed playing around with the idea of leaving the movie on a cliffhanger with villain Thanos seemingly being the victor, as he and his crew were tired of the predictable storyline of the good guy winning.

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Speaking to Varietys Playback podcast, Kevin added: And that ending, which we had been working on for many years, and I do remember people, on all of the movies weve made and Im sure on many of the movies well make in the future, whenever the good guy wins, which is often – good guy, good woman, good hero wins – they go, “Eh, its kind of predictable. Good guy wins.”

Just a thought though, Kevin, we could sure do with a win at the end of Endgame.

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Groots name could actually be Tree and Thor has been telling us all along

Is Groots name a bit more literal than we thoght? (Picture: Marvel)

We may be waiting for a long ti..

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Is Groots name a bit more literal than we thoght? (Picture: Marvel)

We may be waiting for a long time for Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, after director of the first two films James Gunn was sacked from the franchise.

But at least we have plenty of fan theories to tide us over.

A Marvel fan has suggested that Groots name isnt actually Groot, and we are shooketh.

Redditor CheMc questioned if Groots name is Tree, as this is what Thor calls him, and hes one of the only people who understands Groots language after learning it on Asgard.

They wrote: I realised that when Thor introduces Groot to Captain America he introduces him as “Tree” rather than Groot, which got me thinking what if Groots name is actually Tree and that he is merely only able to say “I am Groot” leaving the Guardians to believe that is his name, but Thor actually understanding the language knows that to be wrong.

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Thor can understand Groots language (Picture: Marvel)

The Reddit post continued: Thor also calls Rocket by the name of rabbit the entire film but I did all of Thors scenes and at no point does anyone call him Rocket which means unless Rocket told Thor his name which doesnt really seem like something he would do Thor would give him his name while Groots name is one of the only 3 words he can say. It seems weird that Thor would incorrectly introduce his friend when he would know his name.

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Thor has a habit of referring to people by their surname like “Stark”, “Rogers”, “Banner” and so on which means its possible that Groots full name is actually Groot Tree and Thor is referring to him by his surname.

In the subtitles rabbit is not capitalised while referring to Rocket as rabbit while Tree is, implying it is a proper name or even a title.

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Interesting – very interesting.

James Gunn previously shot down this rumour, tweeting: His name is not Tree – however, theres no confirmation that this is canon.

One theory about the fan favourite was previously confirmed – that the Groot in Vol 2 is actually a descendant of Groot, after the first Groot sacrificed himself in the first movie.

While GOTG 3 has been wiped from the schedule due to the director issues, Marvel boss Kevin Feige this week maintained that a third film will be made.

Speaking to MTV, he said: Guardians will happen. When, where, how? For a later time.

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Samuel L Jackson reveals Captain Marvel superpower that could save Avengers in Endgame

Brie Larson is avoiding spoiling Endgame using a novel method (Picture: Marvel)

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Brie Larson is avoiding spoiling Endgame using a novel method (Picture: Marvel)

As fans, weve come up with a theory or two that addresses what we think may happen, or at the very least, hope to happen in the next Avengers saga.

With Endgame only a mere four-and-a-half months away, Captain Marvel is going to quench our information thirst before we catch up with the rest of the crew battling the wake of Thanos mighty snap.

Samuel L Jackson plays Nick Fury in the Avengers franchise as well as the Captain Marvel prequel spinoff, and whether or not the SHIELD leader meant to or not, he may have just revealed a superpower punters didnt know the Cap M had which might come in handy.

Which, of course, brings about a whole new wave of theories.

So according to Jackson, as well as Carol Danvers being a regular legend with the might to take the Titan Thanos down, shes also a time traveller.

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Wow, the more you know, eh?

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Shes pretty much the strongest character – in terms of someone with powers are able to do things – in the Marvel universe, he said of his compadre, played by Brie Larson. So, for Carol Danvers to be that person and for Brie to become that person, its gonna be a dynamite thing.

He added of the upcoming Endgame and how Captain Marvel will slide right on in there: I mean, [the Avengers] are up against some really, really tough odds right now – we saw throughout Infinity War – so now we know that we need something thats as powerful as Thanos, continues Jackson.

And at some point, well find out how powerful she is and all the things that shes capable of. Shes one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel, so…

CLANG! Sorry, shall we pick up that massive spoiler for you, Sam?

The whole time travel palaver has been floating about the MCU for some time, with many a punter proffering the theory the Avengers will use the means to claim back half the population obliterated at the end of Infinity War.

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Its also been a long-held theory Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man (Played by Paul Rudd) will use the Quantum Realm to get about the various times and realities to stitch everything and everyone back together.

Guess well just have to wait and see.

Captain Marvel is in cinemas 8 March, 2019 and Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas April 28, 2019.

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