On one of her rare weeks off, Black Widow takes a visit to San Francisco, ending up with George Smith (the former Stunt-Master) and Richard Fenster. The trio catch up on recent events. Nat thinks to herself that it may be the nicest day she's had in a long time. Unfortunately, this good mood is ruined when Nat starts hearing distressing news from a nearby tablet. Checking her Avengers I.D. card, Nat only gets a garbled message from a panicked Tony, proclaiming that "he" is everywhere. Nat turns to George and Richard, telling them to prepare for an imminent panic.
On the tablet, the newscast becomes increasingly frantic, reporting attacks all around the globe, and a lost connection to the White House. As the reporter announces a commotion inside the building, the signal cuts off. As everyone else begins panicking, Natasha grimly notes that "they finally did it". It, she believes, is nuclear war.
And then an army of Ultrons descend from the sky, as Natasha privately chides herself for thinking the situation had been so simple. Without a word, the Ultrons begin annihilating everything in sight. Nat, George and Richard flee, only for Richard to be hit by one of the Ultrons and instantly killed. Above New York, a giant disembodied head of Ultron declares to the city to "submit or perish". Forcing her grief down, Natasha rallies the nearby survivors, forcing them to take cover in the nearest manhole. As she does, her internal monologue begs for her to at least save one person.