Originally Posted by Crimson King
I disagree with the bolded part. I think they were very much on the road to a relationship but were cut short just after it started.
Right. And I think a lot of the development with Steve in this movie is dealing with unwillingness to move on even after two years.
Shortchanging his relationship with Peggy in the movies would not be beneficial for this franchise. I think too many people who watched the first movie would be upset if Peggy were just reduced to nothing. So they have Steve distancing himself from getting close to anyone outside of SHIELD, they have Steve avoiding intimacy and not dating so they can show us his process of moving on from Peggy.