| > Was it ever explained what the symbiote was doing in the machine Spidey was using to repair his suit in the original Secret Wars? Did it specifically choose him or was just just at the wrong place at the wrong time?|
I don't think it was ever explained what that machine was. If I remember correctly The Wasp told spidey that there was a machine that would make him a new uniform by reading his thoughts. Spidey unfortunately used the wrong machine and the symbiote was released.
So I'm guessing wrong place, wrong time. It would be a cool story to see though if the symbiote had actually directed Spidey to choose the wrong machine with a little mental push.